2018 Tahbilk Chardonnay

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The Brief
Alcohol
13.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Cellar to
2026
Why's this wine for you?
Established in 1860, Tahbilk is located in thepremium central Victorian viticultural region ofNagambie Lakes.Purchased by Reginald Purbrick in 1925, fivegenerations of the Purbrick family have beenactively involved in Tahbilk bringing a tradition ofpride, hard work and a love of good wine to theirunique heritage of being the oldest family ownedwinery and vineyard in Victoria.The first extensive plantings of Chardonnay tookplace on the Estate in 1979, although there arescattered vines identified as the varietal in a 'fruitsalad' vineyard block that dates back to 1927.1988 was the first commercial vintage to bereleased and Chardonnay is the only of theTahbilk whites to spend extended time in oakprior to bottling.
How's it taste?
"The only Tahbilk white to spend time in oak, a mixof new and older French oak barrels contributes atoasty, mixed nuts and spice character to our 2018vintage Chardonnay, playing a perfect supportingrole to its honeydew melon and tropical fruitaromas and flavours.A true-to-Estate acid line refreshes on the finish tocomplete a truly elegant and sophisticated releaseoffering much enjoyment now and with furthercomplexity to be realised with time in the cellar outto 2024/2026"
How was it made?
VINTAGE 2018
The 2018 growing season was dry and warm and
perfect for growing premium wine grapes.
The winter of 2017 started with a very dry June and
below average rains in July and August.
Spring continued the theme with less than half the
average long term rainfall, and finished with an
unseasonably warm November. The vines loved the
favourable weather, growing large, healthy
canopies and setting good bunch numbers – ideal
for optimal yields.
Vineyard operations focused on trimming to maintain
a balanced canopy, and irrigation to ensurethe vines
had adequate water and nutrients.
Vintage started early February and progressed very
smoothly and although it remained warm, cooler
nights kept a lid on sugar accumulation so that
ripening progression was close to perfect.
2018 promises to be a very good year, the whites
have clear varietal definition and crisp fruit flavours,
and the reds are bright and varietal, with
concentration and depth.
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