Fraser Gallop Estate 2016 Parterre Chardonnay
Earlier picking, gentle whole bunch pressing with low extraction rates, using only free run juice, minimal additions and gravity feed directly to barrel for wild ferment with full solids, have all contributed to an elegant wine with a fine acid backbone, complexity, texture and well integrated oak.
Pale straw with green hues.
Aromas of gunflint, lemon curd, lemon peel and talc. This wine has sulphide (struck match character) complexity with a fine citrus drive.
Flavours of lemon curd and grapefruit with searing length. A wine with clarity and finesse. A tightly focussed and very precise wine showing seamless fruit purity with the lightly toasted French oak very much in the background. Crystalline acidity and a mouth-watering finish complete the wine.
Should develop further complexity with 5-7 years careful cellaring.