Hans Herzog Estate Chardonnay Library 2016 (1.5L)

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Chardonnay, a progeny of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc is responsible for the finest white Burgundy. When the vineyard site is right, yields not too high, acid not too low, and winemaking skilled, Chardonnay can produce thrilling, savoury, dry, full-bodied wines that will continue to improve in bottle for more than a decade. The ideal warm and long growing season of 2016 together with our low yield philosophy produced perfect healthy and flavourful berries with a gentle perfume, ripened to perfection from the 20 year old vines.

I left the fruit on the skins for an extended time to extract the superb flavours. Then gently pressed and transferred the must in in 500 litre French oak puncheons (50% new) for a natural (wild yeast) fermentation until there was no sugar left. Its fine lees has been regularly stirred assisting to the wines remarkable silkiness, complexity and depth. The wine had 18 month in the barrel to mature and flourish but will develop into something heavenly with bottle age. No cold stabilization. Unfined and only lightly filtrated to retain all the goodness. Naturally beautiful…

A smoky nose with stunning vibrancy. Big, bold and honeyed – massive in fact. Some oak still in evidence but still racy underneath. Ripe citrus fruit. Absolutely pure and bursting with energy. Rich and curvaceous across the tongue, yet still so elegant with a silky, smooth lingering finish.