Lethbridge Chardonnay 2018

 

£174.28
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6 bottle(s) at £29.05 per bottle.
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731140-18
 

Lethbridge Chardonnay 2018

Complex, intense flavours - citrus, hazelnut, and gun flint.  Mineral flavours mingle with the firm structure and creamy texture on the palate. 

The Wine Front "It all goes through malo and it sees 35% new oak. If you grow and pick the grapes right then malo is the way to go, as again evidenced here. What a stunner. Complete chardonnay. Controlled, taut and contained but with richness and spark.

Stonefruits, bran, flint, ginger and toast. A whisper of honeysuckle/vanilla. A class."

Lethbridge Chardonnay 2018

Winemaking Description:

The fruit for this wine comes from the Suma Park Vineyard on the Bellarine Peninsula yielding 1.5 tonne/acre and a small portion from the Yan Yan Gurt vineyard on the western side of Geelong, a fantastically cold part of the region. The hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed into 100% new French oak puncheons for fermentation and MLF by indigenous yeast on full solids. The wine components were then matured in 35% new French oak puncheons and 65% one-year old French oak barrels on gross lees for a further 11 months prior to blending and bottling.

Tasting Notes:

Fresh nectarine, ginger spice and a touch of cream wound together with zesty acidity. This Chardonnay should develop over the next 5-10 years in the cellar, retaining acidity and the fruit flavours developing into grilled nuts and baked nectarines.

Awards & Reviews:

Gold Medal – 95 points, International Cool Climate Wine Show 2019 94 points, Campbell Mattinson,

The Wine Front "It all goes through malo and it sees 35% new oak. If you grow and pick the grapes right then malo is the way to go, as again evidenced here. What a stunner. Complete chardonnay. Controlled, taut and contained but with richness and spark.

Stonefruits, bran, flint, ginger and toast. A whisper of honeysuckle/vanilla. A class."

95 points, Gold Medal, International Cool Climate Wine Show
Judges Comments 
"Very elegant, tight, long, complex. Citrus, creamy and beautifully crafted."

94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
"It all goes through malo and it sees 35% new oak. If you grow and pick the grapes right then malo is the way to go, as again evidenced here.
What a stunner. Complete chardonnay. Controlled, taut and contained but with richness and spark. Stonefruits, bran, flint, ginger and toast. A whisper of honeysuckle/vanilla. A class."

92 points, James Suckling
"This has rich yet very fresh aromas of chamomile flowers, white peaches and grilled lemons on the nose with a chalky edge. The palate has a smooth, ripe feel with ample, nougat and peach flavors. Drink now. Screw cap."

Chardonnay styles have been a major talking point of late amongst many in the wine industry. Should the leaner, citrus driven styles be rewarded over the rich, creamy fuller styles? In Australia over the last 20 years we have seen dramatic swings from one style to another with what seemed very little time spent in the middle. Fortunately we have seen a move back to the sensible centre, thank goodness! Perhaps our politicians could learn from this. 
We always hope that our wines cut through stylistic swings and simply show true varietal and terroir characteristics. The wine in this bottle has richness, it retains delicacy and clarity of expression as well as weight and complexity.  

Ray

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Bottles Per Case 6
Vintage 2018
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