Parker Estate Cool Climate Chardonnay 2022
The fruit for this cool climate Chardonnay from Coonawarra was pressed off skins immediately following harvest. 40% was fermented in new French oak (this also helps to season the oak for subsequent use for their reds). This component saw partial malolactic fermentation, but the remaining fruit was malo free and fermented in stainless steel. Terrific value here for a Chardonnay with some nutty aromas and oak hints, though integration is proceeding well. Citrus, florals and stonefruit notes form an appealing set of aromatics. The wine is nicely balanced, of medium length, although possibly a little on the simple side, but the aim is good drinking and that is more than achieved. Enjoy this over the next two to three years.