You get the strong impression that the people behind Double Oaks Estate – which is also a truffle plantation – embrace the wild and savoury. The 2020 chardonnay easily falls into that category with its bitter almond, nettle, grassy, green melon and stone fruits aromas. The general rule that the longer the tasting note, the more complex the wine, holds true here. With this wine, I wrote a lot of words. The layer of leesy characters from six months ageing sur lie (on fine lees) of nutty nougatine and almond meal, is important to this wine. It brings that added degree of complexity joining citrus, stone fruits and a savoury preserved lemon. Bright acidity keeps everything running clean to the finish. More-ish.
Double Oaks Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2020