2018 Vat 47 Chardonnay

7 Awards

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$90.00 / bottle

Vat 47 Chardonnay comes entirely from our Short Flat vineyard, where the original Chardonnay vines were planted by Murray Tyrrell in the late 1960’s.

2018 was one of the earliest Chardonnay harvests we have seen, starting on January 12.

All of the fruit was hand-picked before immediately being basket pressed, the juice was then cold settled for two days before being racked to another stainless steel tank to begin fermentation. The fermenting juice was then transferred to French oak barriques to complete fermentation and maturation before bottling in October.

The nose is delicate, showing some nice florals and white stone fruit with only a hint of oak. The palate is where the power of the Short Flat vineyard comes to the fore, exhibiting an intensity and length not often seen in other Chardonnays. Impeccably balanced between primary fruit characters, some secondary lees components and the fine-grained French oak.

Cellaring – 5-10 years

Winemaker's Selection
Hunter Valley, NSW

James Halliday Wine Companion

96 points - “From the Short Flat Vineyard that produced the grapes for the first Vat 47 in 71. The barrel fermentation protocols have long been set in stone, giving this wine a sense of variety, not of place. It often upstages cool climate chardonnays in wine shows.”

Huon Hooke The Real Review

96 points - "Bright, light to mid-yellow colour with a rich, buttery, toasty bouquet, with smoky oak and roasted hazelnuts galore. The wine is full-bodied and rich, generous, almost opulent. A bigger style of Vat 47 than the recent trend, but it avoids fatness or tropical characters. A real mouthful of classic chardonnay."

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