IronCloud Alliance Chardonnay 2021
A very fine Chardonnay from the Ferguson Valley in WA, the grapes were whole bunch pressed and then fermented with wild yeasts in barrel. An array of different clones are used for complexity before 8 months maturation in French oak. Eventually, a selection of the best barrels is made for this wine. A lemon/yellow colour, the aromas are nutty, even a little spicy from the oak, which is in the process of melding with rich fruit notes. Stonefruits, peaches, honeycomb with more of the nutmeg and vanillin characters. Then good intensity throughout on a cracking palate. Finely balanced with focus and direction, this is layered and long and with a most persistent finish. Delicious now and over the next five to seven years, though well cellared examples will provide pleasure well beyond that.