Muddy Water Chardonnay 2016
Lemon in colour with flecks of gold. Concentrated complexity on the nose with barbequed corn husk, white peach and bran. Palate is precise with exotic spice balanced with fruit and a lengthy mineral spine.
Chardonnay is an incredible malleable grape, deriving much of its character from the soil and climate. Our limestone-infused clay soils mirror the soils of Chardonnay's spiritual home in Burgundy. Chardonnay also loves cooler climates, so we're in a prime position for growing a truly exemplary example of this much-loved grape.
Our Chardonnay block is planted with a mix of clones over 20 years old and grown on their own roots for true expression. The vines are tended entirely by hand; we spur-prune which allows good exposure in the fruiting zone to the sun and warm Nor'west wind that blows through the block. The maturity of these old vines self-regulates the crop load so we never need to fruit thin.
We don’t do heavy-handed buttery Chardonnays here. Instead we favour a more classic Burgundy-style approach of producing a brighter, crisper Chardonnay revealing the soil character. Typically our Chardonnays show citrus and stone-fruit notes underpinned by a mineral streak imbued by the limestone.
We hand-pick only the ripest bunches, picking the rows individually in small lots to give a range of flavours to be blended together in the winery. The fruit is whole bunch pressed before settling overnight and transferring to French oak barrels. No additives are used, and the wine is bottled without fining.