2020 Yandra Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay (G5V2 clone - German)
The Yandra/Gower Vineyard in Lenswood was planted in 1998 by Anne & Jeff Gower who farm it organically. Brendon and Kirsty are now taking over the management of the site, as Jeff is now 82 (young!). This steep, east facing site is sandstone with a deep clay pan to hold moisture.
Hand harvested and direct pressed to French oak barrique, 20% of which are new and one second use acacia barrel. The wine underwent full malolactic, with fortnightly (that’s every two weeks) battonage for 8 months after which is was racked and bottled.
TASTING NOTES |
This is one of our very favourite vineyards for many reasons – some personal, some vinous – so being able to feature a single-vineyard Chardonnay from this spot is a particular delight. Given the slendour of the discreet little valley from which it hails, little wonder it glints like sunshine in the glass. On the nose this is a huge, happy bouquet of flowers with a waxy, honeycomb thread. A velvety front palate and flavours deep into the melon spectrum with a crispy zip to finish. As any reasonable parent knows, you never really love one of your children more than the others, but there are those that are pretty easy to like. Yandra is enormously likeable.
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