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.
McCutcheon is typically the more robust of the Chardonnay releases, and again it’s a wine of coiled power and weight. The acidity is lower this year but yet you wouldn’t pick it in any way – it still feels tight and surprisingly restrained. The season has delivered a significant wine though, a hint of matchstick funk, the golden, nutty, bold flavours sitting below the surface like the leg muscles of a racehorse. Remarkable that it can look so fresh given the extra weight and plump mid palate. Andrew Graham [February 2018, commissioned by TMBT]
Hand picked 15 March 2016. Clone P58 (100%) from the Ridge (50%) and Lake (50%) blocks on oir McCutcheon vineyard. Yield 5.79 tonnes/ha (2.3 t/acre, ~35hl/ha).
• 100% whole bunch pressed
• 100% wild yeast fermentation in 20% new French oak barriques
• natural complete (>95%) MLF
• bottled unfined after light filtration following 11 months of oak maturation
Food Pairing Notes
The weight here needs weighty flavours. Roast chicken with a creamy thyme sauce is the way
forward here. Serve at 10–13°C.