Granite Hills Chardonnay 2019
An outstanding year in Victoria and the Macedon was no exception to this. Warmer and riper year in the Macedon, the Chardonnay came in right on time. The chardonnay sites at the southern warmer end and is made up primarily of the P58 clone. However he does have rows of 95 and 96. The 2017 is also the second year he has included the Bernard clone as well. The chardonnay sees no Malo and went through extended time on yeast lees in tank. 30% in barrel and 70% in stainless. Barrels were made up of all French, 2 new and 2 seasoned across 10 months in total. Llew loves working with the taransaud barrels specifically as he believes they lend themselves beautifully to their cooler site and balance off so well against their fruit. Allowing the wine to retain that natural acid. He also prefers low firing and less toast. Average vine age goes back to 25-30 years. Llew finds it important to always look for that soft textural finish.
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