2023 FONTAINE CHARDONNAY
Our wish to bring you a fresh, straight-up, drink-young Chardonnay. The fruit comes from 20-year-old vines in Gladysdale, in the most southern part of the Yarra Valley This is a cooler part of the valley where the grapes easily build good flavour whilst retaining natural acidity.
We wanted this wine to over-deliver but not overcomplicate, it was fermented in French oak with 10% being new to add texture and complexity. The wine was kept on its fermentation lees for eight months for a touch more weight and better mouthfeel.
The 2023 is bright lemon-green in the glass, and shows aromas of flint, lemon peel and white stone fruits, with a quiet whisper of cinnamon and cream. On the palate, it’s easy and accessible from the word go. White-fleshed fruit crashes over the tongue while natural acidity lends it elegance and drive. The finish is clean, light and mouth-watering, inviting another sip. This is a refreshing, easy-going young Chardonnay that is ready to be enjoyed right now.