2015 Wallis Chardonnay
"You’d reckon it has a good future ahead" 92+/100 Campbell Mattinson
From our Wallis Vineyard. Typically lithe and slender; minerally, precise, linear, detailed and lean. A characteristic spicy savouriness superimposed with peach and pineapple.
"This borders into tart territory. The fruit is ripe but the acidity was into challenging territory. It will require patience or a preference for high acid-style chardonnay, or both. Which is to to in any way dismiss it; you’d reckon it has a good future ahead. Lactose, lemon curd, meal and tart grapefruit/fennel characters. Excellent length. Mouthfeel is just starting to form, but has a fair way to go." 92+/100 Campbell Mattinson
Of all the estate wines, the Chardonnay from Wallis seems to walk the tightrope between weight and delicacy the best. It’s the Goldilocks Chardonnay, sitting in between the never ending power of McCutcheon or the sunny warmth of Judd. A particular feature of this wine is how the extra acidity gives it an almost understated power – a slow build of mealy weight, counterpointed by acidity heading more towards grapefruit than pure citrus. A wine of latent power, and with a shape that suggests it will be long lived.
Andrew Graham [February 2017, commissioned by TMBT]
Hand picked 13-18 March 2015. Clone P58 (100%) from the Tree Block (100%) on our Wallis vineyard. Yield 6.26 tonnes/ha (2.5 t/acre, ~38hl/ha).
• 100% whole bunch pressed
• 100% wild yeast fermentation in 17% new French oak barriques
• natural partial (39%) MLF
• bottled unfined after light filtration following 10 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
Of all the single vineyard Chardonnay releases this is the wine you could drink on its own – that balance makes it an easy drink straight out of the fridge. 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).