2021 West Cape Howe Old School Chardonnay Mount Barker – They consciously let this fruit get a little riper than that selected for their Styx Gully Chardonnay while still retaining a good fine acidity. After crushing and pressing, all the juice went to barrel for fermentation; half was new French oak; the balance being once/twice used. It all goes through malolactic fermentation to produce a complex, well textured and well flavoured wine.
Bright with a light straw colour. Quite perfumed with lovely ripe melon fruit aromas predominating, especially rockmelon and honeydew. There are some white peach and nectarine characters also, which sit well with the gentle vanilla honeyed characters from the French oak. This is a beautifully textured Chardonnay which has a fullness to the palate while still having a delicate silky fineness. After 5 months on lees, the light, toasty oak characters are well integrated with the peachy fruit flavours. It is well weighted with a delicate acidity contributing to its good length of flavour.
An absolute cracking wine if your after that “Old School” style.
Single Price: $19.99
Any Six Bottle Buy: $15.99
Price per case (12 bottles): $191.88