Athletes of Wine - Viñero Chardonnay - 2015
Macedon Ranges, Victoria
"This vineyard is our pride and joy. The good child. The one that is easy to look after, is naturally balanced and produces fruit that is consistently powerful yet pure.
This year we picked a bit earlier, and then played with a bit of malo and battonage to build weight, flavour and texture - we think it's our best Chardonnay yet! The long but mild growing season offers it a thrillingly fresh finish. We believe in a classic interpretation of the Chardonnay grape – a wine that is full of flavour and body." - The Athletes.
Vineyard: Romsey, Macedon Ranges. Organic Practices.
Harvest: 18th March; 1.8 ton/acre
Soil: Volcanic, red clay loam
Wild yeast fermented and aged on lees in hogsheads for 10 months (one new Francois Freres puncheon, plus older Saint Martin Francois Freres); no battonage; no malo; bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Total production: 175 dozen