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Balgownie Estate

2016 Black Label Chardonnay

2016 Black Label Chardonnay

This is a delicious light bodied wine, with lovely fruit flavour and crisp acidity supported by gentle oak. A wonderful wine to drink now, it will continue to develop over the next three to four years. Balgownie Estate planted chardonnay in 1999 as a variety that is best suited to the cool climate of the Yarra Valley.

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Wine Specs
Yarra Valley
3 to 5 years
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"A good Yarra Valley Chardonnay to cure your midweek woes. Hand-picked, whole bunched pressed to French oak for wild fermentation (50%). Ten months on lees before bottling. Rockmelon, green mango, homemade lemonade. Some yellow stone fruits push to the width of the mouth with acid drawing saliva. Toasted nuts and soft creaminess sit pretty. Tick. Drink now to five years." 89/100 Qwine Review
Vineyard Notes
The warm conditions in the Yarra Valley throughout the growing season ensured an early ripening and harvest for the Chardonnay. The grapes were hand-picked at the ideal balance between fruit flavour and natural acidity.
Winemaker Notes
The Chardonnay was whole bunch pressed to maintain the delicate fruit character of the grapes and to avoid any unwanted flavours. The juice was the transferred to French oak barriques (50%) and tank (50%), where fermentation took place using a partial wild yeast ferment. Malolactic fermentation was discouraged to preserve the natural grape acidity and freshness. The wine was then aged on lees for the following ten months to develop mid palate texture and complexity.
Food Pairing Notes
Poached chicken with ginger
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