Pale gold in colour. Attractive nose with warm toasty, nutty notes. White stonefruit skin, refreshing lemon citrus and just enough bread crust for complexity. Whilst this is a completed wine, (that is: Fermentation all done, probably been racked a few times, parcels in tank.. parcels in barrel, blended together), there’s still a very primary vibrancy to the nose akin to just fermenting Chardonnay in barrel.
The palate is workmanlike with solid quality, expressive Chardonnay characteristics: Crisp white nectarine stonefruit, more lemon pith than juice or rind and a little bit of Cashew nuttiness. The oak treatment gives a good canvas on which Drew Tuckwell, the winemaker, paints his picture. His colour palette being fruit sourced from across quality Orange vineyards. Solid, everyday drinking and if you can find it under the RRP, even better value.
Region: Orange, New South Wales