Black Bank Hill 2019 Chardonnay, Twenty Mile Bench VQA
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100% Foxcroft single-vineyard Chardonnay, whole-bunch pressed, fermented with natural yeasts, and 18-months élevage in 2/3 neutral and 1/3 new 228L French oak barrels. From the same 2 rows of Foxcroft as the 2018 release, showing a consistent quality and class, but with higher concentration, acidity, and citrus-focused fruit profile due to the vintage. The inclusion of one new French oak barrel into the mix takes the oak treatment up a step, but the wine has responded in kind with the citrus and creamy mid-palate firmly holding the smokiness of the oak within its grasp. The nose is an entrancing combination of lemon, dried citrus peel, smoke, and a touch of nut butter. An exciting Chardonnay, and one that will be very interesting to watch evolve over time.
Fully dry, 13.0% abv., 67 cases made.