The one year old French pack barrel used to make this special Chardonnay is immediately evident by the deeper yellow colour of the wine. From first smell, you can tell this wine has had some great oak infusion and will appeal to those lovers of traditional oaky and malo-chardonnays. While those elements are present, they are not so intense to over power this Chardonnays fruit characters, with melon and lime driving forward. First impressions are wow! Even colder than it should be drunk, this Chardonnay has a gorgeous palette and a beautiful soft finish that lingers well after finishing the sip. The front palette receives a lovely honeycomb, with soft citrus and pineapple without any tartness. Let this warm up to about 12 degrees or even warmer and you really see the most amazing results, with first impression flavours remaining, yet becoming more velvety. This is why we chose to launch this wine to our club members paired with our chef Sam’s delightful lobster bisque. With the oak foundation and malolactic fermentation, this Chardonnay will become more silky and “buttery” with age. Will reward with further cellaring. Only 270 bottles made.
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Situated at 230m above sea level was planted in the late 1970’s on an undulating slope on friable grey loam soils. Completely non irrigated and hand nurtured, surrounded by National Park. The vines are cared for by hand and the grapes carefully hand picked at the perfect harvest time. This 6+ acres comprises of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
Steels Gate Melba Block Vineyard
Situated at 150m above sea level was planted in the early 1980s. Similar to the Homeblock, the Melba vines are all cared for by hand, 100% cane pruned to ensure best quality fruit is grown and hand harvested.
Nagambie Vineyard is a partnership with a family estate located in the picturesque Nagambie region. Still cool climate, this region produces lovely medium bodies reds and some lovely Rieslings and other similar white varieties.
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