2018 Moppity Lock & Key Single Vineyard Chardonnay
Tumbarumba was originally famous for apples. But over the past twenty years the shift has gone from Pink Lady to Pinot Noir, as growers have realised that the cool heights of 'Tumby' are just perfect for sophisticated cool climate wines.
This Chardonnay, from a single vineyard planted back in 1993, is exactly what the local style is all about - a cool, delicate and ultra-refined white with poise and beautiful flavour, all at a very fair price.
The wine is elegantly composed and expressed on the nose showing nectarine, lemon peel, nougat and hazelnut characters, followed by a juicy palate that is focused and finely textured. It is restrained and refined with lovely fruit purity, wonderfully complemented by creamy mouthfeel and bright acidity
How's it taste?
The fruit was harvested at two stages of ripeness. The first pick provided grapefruit and citrus character with zingy acidity while the second contributed power and length. Winemaking: 100% free-run juice, partially barrel fermented with partial batonage. Tasting Notes: The palate is long and elegant with cool climate zesty lemon and ripe mouth-watering stone fruits knitting in neatly with subtle toasty French oak. A wine of generous weight and good length.
How was it made?
The Lock & Key Chardonnay is made from fruit grown at Moppity's mature vineyard in Tumbarumba, Southern NSW. Planted in 1993, the vineyard comes highly regarded, largely due to the vast array of medal winning wines it has produced over the years. On mainland Australia there are few places that can consistently grow pure, expressive Chardonnay. Due to the ultra-cool climate and high altitude vineyards in the Tumbarumba region, Moppity are one of the few places that can.
Who made it?
“We’re lucky in Hilltops, we have a kind of balance where we can bring together the best of both warm and cold climate wine styles. You’re getting a richness and generosity of the warmer styles but seeing restraint and savoury characters, ﬁnesse and elegance of the cooler climates. And because of this, we’ve been able to undertake a very exciting evolutionary process, where we can experiment and push the boundaries of diversity rather than continue to only focus on the same handful of classic varieties as other regions. That‘s what excites me about being here.” Jason Brown, Owner and Winemaker.
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