Ironcloud The Alliance Chardonnay 2022
Chardonnay from the Ferguson Valley in Western Australia is perhaps a new experience for many. The usual process here is barrel selection, with the grapes undergoing whole bunch pressing into French oak for fermentation with half under wild yeasts. Post ferment lees stirring, no malo and around nine months maturation. A lovely green/gold hue – most patriotic. This is a top-notch Chardonnay its quality oak evident at this early stage. We have notes of nutmeg, cashews and stonefruit, with peaches and melon notes. Seamless, seductive, a supple texture, focused acidity, fine balance and great length. Like this a lot – dow for the next six to eight years.