2015 McCutcheon Chardonnay
"Powerhouse chardonnay, in a good way" 96/100 Campbell Mattinson
From our McCutcheon Vineyard. Typically has Main Ridge spicy savouriness overlaid with grapefruit, basil and caramel; an elegant power which is, relatively speaking, full and luxurious.
"This is a rock. It’s both brilliantly flavoured and impeccably well structured. Quartz, white peach, custard cream, even fennel. Woodsmoke. Grapefruit. As rich as it is racy. There’s crunch and steel, mineral and meal to the finish. It has it all going on. Powerhouse chardonnay, in a good way." 96/100 Campbell Mattinson
The McCutcheon Chardonnay is easily the most robust of all the single vineyard Chardonnay releases, with a depth and intensity that marks it apart from the other wines. Easily my favourite of the 2015 wines, with a very convincing depth. One of the few single vineyard Chardonnay releases to have completed malolactic fermentation; this has more richness, more fruit power and a very long finish, the vanilla bean and custard creamy flavour intensity compelling with its length and impact. It’s a real mouthful of a wine, with more layers that unfurl the longer you look. If you need a classic benchmark, then this is the Corton-Charlemagne of the range – a charismatic wine of grandiosity.
Andrew Graham [February 2017, commissioned by TMBT]
Hand picked 25 March-1 April 2015. Clone P58 (100%) from the Ridge (55%) and Lake (45%) blocks on our McCutcheon vineyard. Yield 3.62 tonnes/ha (1.5 t/acre, ~22hl/ha).
• 100% whole bunch pressed
• 100% wild yeast fermentation in 22% new French oak barriques
• natural complete (96%) MLF
• bottled unfined after light filtration following 10 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
Serious flavour requires serious flavour, and this can handle real decadence. Even a creamy lobster thermidor would work here. Serve at 10–13°C.
Following heavy rainfalls in the winter of 2014, vintage 2015 growing conditions were exceptional. Mild and consistent temperatures over the summer and a cool and dry autumn produced beautiful fruit, balanced yields and healthy canopies. The resulting wines have bright fruit, great balance and persistence. One of our very best vintages. Yields were well up on the previous vintage (overall 4.6 t/ha or 1.9t/acre compared to 2.1 t/ha or 0.8 t/acre).