XO Wine Co. Chardonnay 2017 (Adelaide Hills, South Australia) "...nectarine, rockmelon, vanilla..."
A modern take on traditional Chardonnay, Rich stone fruits and balanced oak.
Well balanced upfront flavours of rich stone fruits, rockmelon, citrus and fig, tight linear natural acidity gives drive and length. Rich rounded palate with savoury oak notes is balanced with a subtle textural edge to the wine.
Produced from a single vineyard from Balhannah in the Adelaide Hills, Destemmed only and pressed directly to 25% New French oak and the balance to two and three year old French oak hogsheads. Fermented with wild yeast and 25% was put through MLF. Lees stirred for 8 months before bottling.
Only 209 6-packs produced
"It is beautifully complex and elegantly expressed on the nose showing white flesh nectarine, rockmelon, vanilla and cedar characters, leading to a wonderfully weighted palate that is expansive and creamy. The wine offers terrific fruit purity together with stylish oak infusion, brilliantly supported by fine texture and bright acidity. At its best: now to 2025." - 94 Points, Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)