The Beach House Track Chardonnay is from our Gimblett Gravels vineyard on Mere Road and is 100% Clone 95. The grapes were hand-picked on the 22nd of February and were whole bunch pressed straight to French barrels for wild fermentation in a mix of puncheons (500L) and barriques (225L). The final blend consisted of 80% 1-year-old oak and 20% 2-year-old oak.
The wine was left in these oak vessels for 10 months where it was stirred weekly to retain freshness and promote mouthfeel. 100% of the final blend underwent malo-lactic fermentation imparting a lovely brioche character and softening the acidity.
The nose is gorgeous with grapefruit, ripe melon, and orange with a lovely flinty character. On the palate the wine is fresh and flavoursome with remarkable length. This is a complex wine with lovely subtle oak, stone fruit, and flint coalescing nicely.