Castelli Estate Chardonnay
This is another lovely example of restrained, yet intense and generous Cool climate Chardonnay. The extended hang time in this vintage has helped produce a very intensely flavoured and sublimely balanced wine. There is an array of aromatics including apricot, pomelo and peach with some underlying toasted nuttiness and gunflint that dazzle the senses on many levels. Whole bunch pressing direct to oak and subsequent 100% fermentation in French Oak provides a lovely textural component and complexity. The hero of the wine though is the tightly wound palate that has a precise mineral core that shows great length and generosity and will suit cellaring over the next 8-10 years.