This is a re-release of our 2010 Chardonnay from our museum cellar.
2010 was a year of extremes, with a hot, dry Summer limiting fruit-set. February 2010 brought much needed rainful and the season ended with a slow, cool ripening through late autumn.
This Chardonnay was wild-yeast fermented in older French Oak, with 20% new oak giving spice and complexity.
This wine shows classic grapefruit/melon/stone fruit aromas which are supported by the oak. Wild yeast fermentation and maturation on yeast lees gives funk and texture to the wine - even perhaps a controversial whiff of 'struck match' or gun-smoke as the wine opens up.
Drink now for freshness or cellar 5+ years for further richness and complexity.
Huon Hooke said of the 2010;
"The colour is light straw-yellow; the aroma has a 'wild' lift that may be due to spontaneous fermentation, coupled with subtle stone-fruit aromas. The palate is delicate, refined and tangy, with zesty acidity, more wild characters and tremendous energy. A beautiful wine of great line & length, and a bit naughty because of that controversial suggestion of volatile acidity. But I love it. [Drink] Now to 2020"