2017 ‘XYZ’ Chardonnay


2016 was great year for white varieties in the Hunter Valley. Semillon and Chardonnay beat the rains, and the cooler conditions allowed plenty of natural acidity to be retained. Most Chardonnays will have respectable cellar life.



Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: The ‘XYZ’ brand wines constitute modern styles of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines from the Hunter Valley.

Fruit source: Chardonnay grapes were sourced from an established Upper Hunter vineyard.

Fermentation: The fruit was whole bunch pressed and then barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation allowed.

Maturation: 100% French oak puncheons, 30% new and the  balance ranging from one year-old to three years-old for 10 months.

Winemaker’s comments: 2017 was a warm dry vintage for the   entire Hunter Valley with 47 degrees the hottest day in mid-February. Vintage was compacted down to 2 weeks with  Chardonnay ripening early, around the beginning of February.

Tasting notes: Medium straw in colour, aromas of peach, rockmelon and dried fig on the nose. The French oak is present, but not a main component of the wine. It is flavour packed, the palate is long, but has a gentle balancing acidity.

Cellaring estimate: Short—medium term.

Suggested food match: Fuller flavoured seafood, chicken and pasta cuisine.



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