2017 del Rios 'AD' Chardonnay
This is the inaugural wine of the 'AD' range, which are exceptional wines from our Mt Anakie vineyard, produced in small quantities and released in only the best years.
A rich full-bodied wine with the perfect balance of fruit, generous oak, and acidity.
94 Rating - Huon Hooke - Light to medium yellow colour, with a youthful, lightly-toasted cashew nut aroma, overlaid by a subtle veneer of 'chicken stock' sulfides. The wine is rich and quite full-bodied, with an opulence that belies its youth and cool-climate origins. Firm, tangy acidity. A rich generously flavoured chardonnay. (40% new Sirrugue oak. Volcanic soil).
|Grape Varieties||100% Chardonnay|
|Vineyard||Mt Anakie, Geelong|
|Harvest date||10th March 2017|
|Details||Alcohol: 13.4% | pH 3.31 | Acidity: 6.2g/L|
|Cellaring potential||Enjoy now. Cellar 8-10 years from vintage.
Whole bunch pressed.
100% natural fermentation in barrel and largely went through malolactic fermentation. Kept on lees for 1 year before bottling in March 2018.
A small selection of the best 2017 Chardonnay barrels. Matured in 50% new French Oak and 50% 1-2-year-old French Oak.