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2019 Vat 47 Chardonnay


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Vat 47 Chardonnay comes entirely from our Short Flat vineyard, where the original Chardonnay vines were planted by Murray Tyrrell in 1968. Each block on the Short Flat is made separately and blended before bottling. Chardonnay was the star varietal from the 2019 vintage. Continued dry conditions meant cropping levels were slightly lower than normal however all of the fruit was in perfect condition. This year saw a return to picking later in January, with the majority of the Short Flat being picked in the last few days of January – two weeks later than in 2018. All of the fruit was handpicked 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. The fermenting juice was then transferred to French oak barriques to complete fermentation and maturation before bottling in October.

This year’s Vat 47 exhibits a complex nose of white stone fruit, grapefruit and delicate flowers, with only a hint of high-quality French oak in the background. The palate is medium-bodied and shows sweet Chardonnay fruit balanced by textural elements, derived from the solids ferment and extended time on yeast lees.

Alcohol – 13%
Cellaring – 5-10 years


95 Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

"I’m always quietly amazed by the quality of Vat 47, given it’s Hunter Chardonnay. There’s a little bit of pixie dust somewhere around this wine. Smooth and glossy texture, but refined too, with fine acidity, lime and peach, a dusting of spice, vanilla and cashew. It’s lively, balanced, runs from front to back palate without raising a sweat, so calm and composed, and closes long and juicy, a wee bit of dried herb and green olive in the aftertaste. Even as a young wine, you just want to drink the hell out of it. Yes."

93 Points | Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion

"This is always a rewarding wine. A measured take on the Hunter's proclivity for generosity finding confluence with chardonnay's affinity for oak and (partial) wild fermentation. Tropical accents of canned pineapple and dried mango. Vanilla pod oak, nougat, nutmeg and cinnamon. A long, rich sluice of fruit. Oak on the edges. Will gain greater poise in a few years, but loads of fun already."

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