2022 Tambo Merrill Chardonnay – Mixed Selection Wine Club
Classic maritime barrel matured Chardonnay.
balanced | intense | complex |fresh
The varietal fruit expression spans nectarine, white flesh stone fruit, fig and grapefruit.
Fresh natural acidity provides structure, poise, energy and focus with the barrel fermentation and maturation contributing to texture and complexity.
Bright, pale green-quartz with balance, mid palate creamy texture and a weighty finish.
We left the fruit in the paddock for three weeks later than the Bumberrah Station Chardonnay to build more fruit weight and flavour complexity. We picked the fruit by hand in three pickings to capture different flavour profiles and it was sorted several times to remove lesser quality fruit.
The fruit was gently pressed to French oak barrels and allowed to ferment using yeasts native to the vineyard. We stirred the lees regularly to give the wine a soft texture and to add creamy complexity.
The wine reflects this cool temperate maritime Gippsland Lakes site.