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(2023) From clay loam soils, fruit is gently pressed then racked to both French oak casks and stainless tanks. Toast, vanilla and spices on the nose, a touch of flintiness and cool apple fruit. In the mouth this has a fat lemony fruit and acidity, more of that toasty character and a full texture. It stays relatively lean, just hinting at a peachiness on the mid-palate.
(2018) From vineyards at 485 metres in the Banksdale Vineyard, King Valley, Victoria, this Chardonnay at 12.5% alcohol will have been picked quite early and handled reductively (without exposure to oxygen) to give a lightly flinty character in the modern New World Chardonnay idiom. The nose has a little whiff of cheesiness that's not altogether unwelcome, as the lime and red apple fruit is good. In the mouth it is maybe just a trifle less sharply focused that one might hope, and perhaps lacking a dimension of complexity, but having said that it is nicely weighted between creaminess and citrus freshness, and is well balanced into quite a long finish.
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