Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard Beechworth Chardonnay 2021
Brokenwood, of course, have ventured beyond the borders of the Hunter and have established excellent vineyards in a number of exciting regions, perhaps none more so than in Beechworth in Victoria. This is a very fine Chardonnay. Mostly from the Mendoza clone, we have whole bunch pressing, with wild yeast fermentation in 100% new French oak, mostly 500 litre puncheons. Maturation is in French oak, 30% new. A gleaming green/yellow in colour, there is good intensity and early complexity here. Fresh and yet with impressive depth. We have notes of stonefruit – especially peaches – melon, figs, grilled nuts and good oak integration. With pinpoint balance and a seamless, seductive, finely textured palate, this has five to seven good years ahead of it, if its current glories don’t convince you to crack it now.