Applecross Bicknell FC Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016
$42.00 – $240.00
With the warmer conditions, harvest of the chardonnay occurred 12 days earlier than 2015 on February 27th. Analysis at harvest was 12.2° baume, 3.2 pH and 8.0 g/L of acid. Ideal numbers.
After passively chilling the fruit overnight in a cool room, the wine was whole bunch pressed directly to 500 litre puncheons for fermentation. We added one new vessel to the mix this year, so 25% new oak. Fermentation occurred naturally and progressed to dryness over a three-week period. Once complete, the wine was sulphured on its fermentation lees, were it remained, with monthly toppings until January 2017, when the vessels were blended into tank prior to bottling. Other than SO2, no additions were made to the wine. 270 dozen were bottled in February 2017 BFC
The Yarra Valley was Victoria’s first wine growing district with a history stretching back 170 years.
The Yarra Valley is now recognised as one of Australia’s foremost cool climate regions, capable of making classic styles from a wide range of varieties. It is known as the birthplace of Victoria’s wine industry.
The regional emphasis on the quality and flavour of wine has spread to the local produce grown in the same fertile soil and expertly tended. Expect fine contemporary fare and ambient dining in some of the most picturesque settings in Victoria. (Wine Australia)
Premium Australian Chardonnay has evolved dramatically from the rich, ripe full flavored versions of the late 1900’s. The sourcing of fruit from cooler climate areas combined with a more gentle touch with regards to oak use, lees contact and malolactic conversion has led to a more restrained balanced, age-worthy style. (Wine Australia)