Chardonnay

Chardonnay At She-Oak Hill we grow a tiny block of Chardonnay which produces several tonnes of fruit at harvest in February. At the winery the grapes are gently whole bunch pressed straight into French oak barriques (approximately 20% new), and ferment with their natural yeasts. The wines undergo partial malolactic fermentation which softens the wine while allowing the fruit flavors to remain at the fore. Lees stirring adds depth complexity to the wine. It matures in oak barrels for 11 to 12 months before bottling.

CHARDONNAY 2017

Rich and fruity with melon and tropical fruit flavours, this delicious wine is the result of an excellent vintage from our small block of Chardonnay vines planted in 1996.

After gentle crushing the wine spent 3 months in French oak barrels undergoing several lees stirrings to add depth and complexity to the finished product.

$138.00 per half dozen
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CHARDONNAY 2015

Lovely varietal fruit characters of melon, citrus and pear are enhanced by judicious oak treatment to create this delightful wine. Rich and flavoursome, this lively Chardonnay offers an appealing creamy mouthfeel and a long, subtle finish.

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$120.00 per half dozen

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CHARDONNAY 2014

Lovely varietal fruit characters of melon, citrus and honey suckle are enhanced by judicious oak treatment to create this beautifully balanced wine. This fresh, lively Chardonnay offers a delightful creamy mouthfeel and a long, dry finish.

 

$110.00 per half dozen

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CHARDONNAY 2013

A relatively dry season produced an abundant crop of  excellent Chardonnay fruit.  For this vintage the juice completed malolactic fermentation in french oak barrels  resulting  in an elegant wine with  complex fruit flavors of citrus,melon and honeysuckle. This wine has a smooth,  creamy texture and delightful finish.

 

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Chardonnay 2012

Delightful varietal fruit characters of melon and citrus are enhanced by subtle oak treatment to make this a beautifully balanced wine. Fresh and lively on the palate with a long, dry finish, this wine should develop beautifully in the bottle: cellar to four years.

$102.00 per half dozen

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Chardonnay 2010

Despite hot dry conditions over this growing season the Chardonnay vines faired well and produced three tonnes of fruit. Picked at the beginning of March this wine was naturally barrel fermented in French oak. Lees stirring added depth and complexity to this delightful wine which finishes on the palate with fresh citrus and biscuit flavours.

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Chardonnay 2009

This fruit was hand picked in early March 2009. Adverse weather conditions had necessitated  fruit thinning leading up to harvest consequently only a small number of cases were produced from our small block of Chardonnay vines in this vintage.

Whole bunches of fruit were gently balloon pressed to tank and underwent fermentation with indigenous yeasts in small French oak barrels for twelve months to produce this delightful Chablis style wine with rich  fruit flavours of  melon, pear, and sweet citrus. The palate displays a layer of  added complexity with  honey and mineral tones. This wine has a dry, lingering finish. Alc 13%

Jeff Gordon, independent wine reviewer commented:                                     ‘She-Oak Hill Chardonnay (2009) – white nectarines are the most prominent fruit flavor with a mixture of old and new wood, helping make the first mouthful of this Chardonnay a delightful experience, which continues until the last drop.’

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Chardonnay 2008

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Natural yeast fermentation in  French oak barrels has resulted in a delicate Chablis style wine which displays lovely varietal fruit characters of fresh pear and citrus. The subtle oak treatment contributes to a restrained but lasting palate with a delightful creamy texture and nutty flavours. The well balanced structure indicates this wine will develop beautifully in the bottle.

First in Class Kyneton Wine Show 2010.

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