Bethany First Village Barossa Valley Chardonnay 2018
- ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars.
- SOURCED FROM BAROSSA VALLEY & EDEN VALLEY REGIONS
- PRODUCED BY SIXTH GENERATION OF FAMILY
- 5 RED STAR RATED HALLIDAY WINERY
- SCHRAPEL FAMILY HAVE BEEN GROWING GRAPES FOR OVER 140 YEARS IN THE BAROSSA
Straw gold with a green hue. Subtle nose of white peach, apples and honeyed floral character. Lovely structured palate with tight acid swirling through the generous stone and orchard fruits, richness and a subtle background hint of French oak add complexity and weight to a long, lingering finish.
The fruit is sourced from the Schrapel family vineyards in the Barossa Valley on the slopes of the Barossa Ranges, and neighbouring vineyards in Eden Valley. The cooler climate of the Eden Valley allows fruit to experience longer ripening periods which is perfect for flavour accumulation and intensity. The Barossa Valley fruit offers subtle weight and a complexity of flavours to the palate structure.
Solid winter and spring rainfall followed by a warm and dry January and February led to a balanced vintage with good fruit intensity and structure. The moments of heat were short and dispersed and arrived after the majority of the whites were harvested leading to good natural acidity and balance.
The grapes received were crushed and pressed immediately after the fruit was harvested in the night before it was settled to clarify the juice. The juice cold fermented in stainless steel for 14 days at 12-15C, with selected yeast. It was then fermented in French oak and then left on lees and stirred to add further complexity to the style.
Barossa & Eden Valley, South Australia
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar for 3-4 years|
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