Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2020
A limited release chardonnay from two selected Piccadilly Valley sites. Ferment was sparked by indigenous yeasts and the wine aged in Burgundian oak (predominantly puncheons) both old and new for eight months.
White peach and yellow nectarine along with jasmin, cashew nut and a hint of spice from the French oak.
Yellow peach and stonefruits are carried across the palate by a mouthwatering acid drive finishing with a touch of lemon curd. A hint of pithy phenolics provides the wine with a lovely moorish texture.
Flowering in Piccadilly Valley is relatively late owing to the cool climate, and we were lucky to flower during a warm window, however, combined with a dry season, yields were still compromised, as they were across the state. Although in short supply, quality was excellent and the clean fruit ripened in mild conditions showing good flavour and concentration.
Snapper parcel with lemon, fennel, olives and white wine.