Lithe and slender; minerally, precise, linear, detailed and lean. A characteristic spicy savouriness superimposed with peach and pineapple.
"Finer and purer than McCutcheon Vineyard, the delicate stone fruit and apple aromas and flavours set against gentle barrel ferment inputs; has immaculate balance and length. 94 points." James Halliday
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The Wallis Vineyard is on the southern slopes of Main Ridge with a north north-easterly aspect. Chardonnay was planted here in 1992 and consistently produces wines with great restraint, elegance and alluring mineral characters and vibrant acidity on the finish. The colour is a shade paler than the McCutcheon, with a leaner aromatic structure and racy palate structure. The nose shows some minerality and spice notes; lemon and lime, with sunripened cantaloupe fruit. Weighty yet long and crisp on the palate, with intense citrus fruit, spice and flavour that keeps building into the back palate: a delightfully complex wine of finesse and poise.
Hand picked 22 March 2007. Clone P58 from the Tree Block on the Wallis Vineyard. Yield 9.6 tonnes/ha (3.9 t/acre, ~57.6hl/ha).
The grapes were hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Wild yeast fermented in 33% new oak. Partial MLF. Lees aged and stirred for 11 months. Bottled after fining and sterile filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Drink with freshly shucked oysters, a crab salad or a very well constructed prawn cocktail! Serve at 10–13°C.