Scott ‘The Denizen’ Chardonnay 2016
Chardonnay turns on for the length and breadth of the Adelaide Hills.
This wine is from the cool, elevated sub-region, Piccadilly Valley.
Hand-picked, chilled overnight and whole bunch pressed directly to one new and four old French oak barrels for wild fermentation and partial malo.
Some richness and texture from barrel fermentation and lees contact, yet a bright and racy wine.
Halliday Wine Companion 2019
A complex bouquet, with a hint of reductive funk that’s chased by some winemakers in both hemispheres, and by some such as French oenologist Emile Paynaud (who simply treated reduction as the opposite of oxidation), knowing it could be remedied in a flash with the addition of SO₂. Here we see whole-bunch pressing and passive oxidation of full solids, with wild yeast in used (3-6yo) French oak for fermentation and maturation. The wine has remarkable lightness, yet packs a decidedly dangerous punch. Screwcap. 13.5% alc. Rating: 95 To 2029 $26 (Special value) – James Halliday.
Bottled in June 2016.