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2018 Vat 47 Chardonnay


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The grapes for our Vat 47 Chardonnay are sourced entirely from our dry-grown Short Flat vineyard, where Murray Tyrrell planted the original Chardonnay vines in 1968. The 2018 Chardonnay harvest was one of the earliest we’ve seen. All of the fruit was hand-picked before immediately being basket pressed. The juice was then cold settled for two days before being racked to another stainless-steel tank to begin fermentation. It was then transferred to French oak barriques to complete fermentation and maturation.

The nose is delicate, showing white stone fruit and lovely floral notes with only a hint of oak. The palate is where the power of the Short Flat vineyard comes to the fore, exhibiting an intensity and length not often seen in other Chardonnays. Impeccably balanced between primary fruit characters, some secondary lees components and the fine-grained French oak it’s drinking beautifully now, but will easily last another five to ten years in the cellar.

Alcohol – 13.5%
Cellaring – 5-10 years


96 points | Huon Hooke, The Real Review

"Bright, light to mid-yellow colour with a rich, buttery, toasty bouquet, with smoky oak and roasted hazelnuts galore. The wine is full-bodied and rich, generous, almost opulent. A bigger style of Vat 47 than the recent trend, but it avoids fatness or tropical characters. A real mouthful of classic chardonnay."

96 Points | James Halliday, Wine Companion

"From the Short Flat Vineyard that produced the grapes for the first Vat 47 in 71. The barrel fermentation protocols have long been set in stone, giving this wine a sense of variety, not of place. It often upstages cool climate chardonnays in wine shows."

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