Moss Brothers Fidium Chardonnay 2021
A step up in the Moss Brothers Chardy portfolio, the grapes were harvested in the middle of the night, the cool conditions helping to retain flavours and freshness. Crushed and pressed to tank for cold settling, a day later the juice was racked to oak, with a portion of solids to help enhance the texture. Wild fermentation here, the barrels were kept in a cool room (below 20°C) with weekly lees stirring and partial malo.
Deep yellow in colour, there are complex notes of orange rind, spices, citrus, oatmeal and some lemon on toast. A fine line of acidity, poised, with good drive and focus. The palate starts to exhibit more stonefruit and wet pebble notes. A mid-length wine which has at least four to five years of providing pleasure ahead of it which reflects the quality of the region and the vintage.