2016 McCutcheon Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
15 March 2016
Sugar At Harvest
22.4° Brix (12.4° Baumé)
TA (finished)
5.2 g/l
pH (finished)
11 months in 20% new French oak barriques
Wild yeast
Bottling Date
February 2017
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.55 g/l)
Best drinking
Alcohol %

2016 McCutcheon Chardonnay

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.

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Previous vintages of this wine - 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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]
Production Notes
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).
Winemaker Notes
• 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.
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Vintage Notes

After a very cold winter, the 2016 growing season had the highest average maximum temperature (23ºC v 21.8ºC avg), earliest flowering (10 days earlier than average) and harvest dates(23 days earlier than average) on record, lowest growing season rainfall (211mm v 348mm avg) and shortest hang time (budburst-harvest; 21 days shorter than average). The result was a dry and warm vintage with good yields.

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