Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
The Oakridge vines emerge each morning from misty rolling mists which drift across the chilly terroirs of Coldstream. The finest blocks were established with a view to achieving low yielding harvests of the most superior quality fruit, destined in the finest vintages to be bottled as pure, single vineyard wines. An outstanding parcel of Chardonnay, picked off the superlative Drive Block at Funder & Diamond Vineyard, has been treated to the full extravagance of French Grand Cru techniques, big boned, opulent and textural, in uncannily Burgundian styling.
Drive Block was established to Chardonnay clone P58 in 1990, closely planted to the red volcanic soils of Wandin East on a north facing slope at 240 meters above sea level. Grapes are all hand picked and sorted prior to whole bunch pressing directly to a selection of seasoned and new French oak puncheons for a naturally wild, indigenous vinification. Upon completion, batches are retained on gross sedimentery solids for ten months, followed by a further six months, a single filtration and the final assemblage. The extended term on fermentation lees builds layers of rich flavour, creamyness and mineral complexity, infusing luxurious textural richness.
Straw colour, greenish hues. Ripe white stone fruit, flints and toast, vanilla and brioche, poached quince, ripeness throughout, fullness, an opulence of fruit. Creamy palate, rich and textural, profound weight of stone fruit, the wine evolves, peppery grapefruits and spice, toastyness and flint, its effusive array flavours continue on an endless, savoury finish.