2019 Chardonnay

We’ve long been dedicated to our love of Chardonnay, and like anything worth its weight, this small but mighty piece of our portfolio has gradually and rightfully emerged as a touchstone for us; alongside its noble cousins, Riesling and Pinot Noir.

Golden yellow in colour and exhibiting classic Chardonnay characteristics with subtle fine almond, vanilla and toast on the nose. The palate is awash in bright apple, citrus and nectarine finishing with layers of spice and lees. Its medium weight carries a silky mid-palate juxtaposed with our hallmark, Tantalus mouthwatering acidity. Excellent length and built to age gracefully.

The backbone of our flagship Chardonnay is sourced from estate 1985 plantings alongside younger components of Dijon clones, planted between 2006 - 2007. The 2019 fruit was picked during a handful of days in mid-September at optimal ripeness.

After pressing, the free run juice underwent 100% spontaneous fermentation and was then aged for 10 months in French oak barriques and puncheons (30% new). Secondary fermentation (ML) occured naturally over the first four months of élevage. The wine was then filtered prior to bottling in the early autumn of 2020. Clonal selection: 76 & 95.


Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.3%
Residual Sweetness: 2.99 g/L
pH: 3.36
Total Acidity: 6.7 g/L


    Our 2019 growing season was not without its challenges. Winter started unusually warm and dry but took a turn late in the season with sustained temperatures below -20 C arriving in February. Vines suffered from a range of winter damage. As a result, drawn out and uneven bud break was evident in several of our vineyard pockets. Conditions turned more favourable in May allowing delayed shoots to catch up. However, rain set in towards the end of June and periods in July, keeping the vineyard team on their toes regarding crop protection and canopy work. A warm and dry August gave us ideal ripening conditions and set us up for harvest to begin on schedule.

    Dodging rain showers throughout the rest of September, harvest continued until early October when the first frost caused the vine canopy to drop and us to bring in the remaining parcels of fruit. Although yields are shy from 2019, the wines have so far emerged as beautifully nuanced with restrained alcohols and purity of fruit.