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    2016 Bicknell FC 'Applecross' Chardonnay

    • $78.00

    Description

    "Those indefinable extras. For whatever reason this is a chardonnay with X-factor, though the execution seems so offhand that you keep diving in for another mouthful to see how the magic was achieved. It's a tough job but someone etc. In any case this chardonnay is pure, mouthwatering, creamy, laced with oyster shell and grapefruit flavour and primped with white peach. It's impressive from the outset but not in a wearying way; exactly the opposite. It's such a stylish wine. 270 dozen made."
    95 points Campbell Mattinson – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

    From the Winemaker:

    With better flowering conditions than the previous year and a netted vineyard, we were able to pick near perfect fruit at 3.7 t/Ha. The seasons’ warmer conditions led to harvesting 12 days earlier than 2015 on February 27th. Analysis at harvest was 12.2° baume, 3.2 pH and 8.0 g/L of acid. Ideal numbers. After passively chilling the fruit overnight in a cool room, the wine was whole bunch pressed directly to 500 litre puncheons for fermentation. Fermentation occurred naturally and progressed to dryness over a three-week period. Once complete, the wine was sulphured on its fermentation lees, where it remained with monthly toppings until January 2017, when the vessels were blended into tank prior to bottling. Other than SO2, no additions were made to the wine.