2017 Origine Chardonnay
This is 100% Chardonnay from a lovely, mature site in the Upper Yarra Valley. The vines grow on volcanic red soils on a steep, fast-draining slope at an altitude of 350m. The elevation makes for cooler growing conditions compared with the valley floor. The slower ripening process allows intense, complex aromas and flavours to develop. The cool nights help the grapes retain vital acidity for freshness and drive in the resulting wine. The 2017 vintage is reflective of a classic cool-climate Chardonnay, with typical Upper Yarra Valley characteristics. This year we had good intermittent rainfall with cool to mild temperatures and no scorching hot days. The Chardonnay came in later than usual, yet retained excellent acidity and freshness, lending itself to encompass detail, poise and length; a great vintage.