Single Vineyard Range
2019 Eagles Rest Vineyard Chardonnay
Variety: Chardonnay 100%
Vineyard: Eagles Rest Vineyard
Region: Pokolbin, Hunter Valley
Vine Age: Vines planted in 1970's by Don Maxwell
Planted at 200m altitude on a Southern facing steep slope on deep red volcanic basalt soil, in the foothills of the Brokenback Mountain Range.
Colour: crystalline bright: a very youthful, fine chiffon yellow.
Aromas: primary fruits are yellow pineapple to bright nectarine with subtle hints of jasmine and fine oak, suggestions of pistachio and vanilla.
Palate: defines pineapple and stone-fruit with a crisp minerally finish. Fine textures due to whole-bunch inclusion at pressing, generate an elegant umami that matches the finesse of fruit and the delicacy of oak. Creamy yeast-lees chime in with savoury textural hints of yoghurt and cashew, and these elemental signatures will enrich the main flavours with plush roundness as the wine matures and softens.
This vineyard has excellent pedigree and potential. This 2019 Chardonnay will last for many years and show at its best from 2025 and onwards. If drinking now please allow time in the glass, or decant, and enjoy.
Drink: Now to 2030
150 dozen made.
James Halliday 94 points