18’ Chardonnay | Single Vineyard “Les Verges” Yarra Valley

18’ Chardonnay | Single Vineyard “Les Verges” Yarra Valley


Sourced from John and Josie D’Aloisio’s vineyard located high up on the hill above the township of Seville. The I10V1 clone Chardonnay was planted in 1991 on its own roots (non-grafted) and is grown on the stunningly rich red volcanic soils this subregion of the Yarra Valley is famous for.

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The fruit is hand-picked and cooled overnight. Whole bunches are lightly crushed by foot before a long pressing when the un-sulphured juice is transferred straight to oak. The oak is a combination of old (75%) and new (25%) French barriques and puncheons. Ferments are allowed to start naturally (wild) and complete with no temperature control. The wine is not battonaged and left on lees for 10 months in oak and a further 5 months on lees in stainless steel. Some MLF may have occurred but not encouraged and SO2 is added when the wine is ready for it. The wine is lightly filtered before being bottled un-fined by hand via gravity.


Tasting notes

Intense and complex aromas of white peaches, ripe nectarines, white flowers, roasted almonds and flint. The palate offers a dense core of white stone fruits and citrus fruits, which becomes very focused and taut towards the finish. Flavours linger with a salty flintiness.