MB: From a high-altitude site in King Valley’s Whitlands. Ginger and lemon tea, wet fern, alpine herb whiffs with faint talc and wet stone. Brisk and crisp to taste, more of the ginger and lemon tea, very racy and pure, not exactly delivering a whole lot of flavour but gives a drinker strict, lean, citrusy chardonnay of high refreshment factor. Rated : 93 Points, Tasted : May21, Alcohol : 13.5%, Closure : Screwcap,
Drink : 2022 - 2027
The Baxendale Vineyard, situated just north of the Mansfield Whitfield Road, was planted in 1995 in tertiary volcanic soils over rhyolite at 600 metres above sea level. The block has a consistent northerly aspect.
Grapes were handpicked and pressed to 500 litre French oak puncheons (36% first use) without clarification or racking for non-temperature controlled fermentation.
Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged so as to preserve freshness and natural acidity. The wine was rested on it lees for 10 months prior to bottling.
2019 harvest date: 1-2 of March. Bottled: 3rd of Feb 2019
Tasting Note; Highly lifted aromas of citrus and white flower are nuanced with secondary characters of wax and flint. The mouthfeel is highly restrained with intense minerality and refined acidity gives the wine focus and length. Winemaker