2018 Zeppelin Big Bertha Chardonnay

2018 Zeppelin Big Bertha Chardonnay

The name says it all - this Chardonnay has volume.

Made by Corey Ryan (Sons of Eden) and Kym Teusner (Teusner), this is what Chardonnay used to taste like, with golden white peach flavour and a palate that is both plump and full, with lovely vibrant acidity to finish.

Big is beautiful!

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McWilliam's Wines
South Eastern Australia.
Cellar to 2024
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How's it taste?

Peach and melon aromas. Rich smooth palate with the distinct buttery characters displaying stonefruit and nutty elements.

How was it made?

Solid above average rainfall in winter helped to produce good soil moisture and ample base nutrients for the vines to thrive naturally. Spring and summer were cooler than normal with small patches of rain occurred during the ripening season. Overall, the 2018 vintage in the Riverina was good with whites producing the stand out varieties. Chardonnay is showing vibrancy, freshness and crisp, natural acidity. The fruit was harvested during the night at optimum maturity levels to maintain freshness and flavour. The Chardonnay juice was pressed and clarified immediately after crushing and inoculated with selected yeasts. The wine was then fermented to dryness and then stirred on yeast lees for a period of three months to build texture and creaminess. A portion of this wine was also fermented on premium French Oak staves and allowed to complete full malolactic fermentation. This portion was then back blended in to the wine to add complexity and subtle oak influence.. The wine then received a light fining before being clarified and stored cold to maintain freshness.

Who made it?

The McWilliam’s have been the doyens of the Australian wine industry longer than anyone can remember. Their history now spans over six generations since venturing into wine in 1877. Today, they are one of the largest family owned wine businesses in the country. As well as having McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant in the Hunter Valley, they also have the large Hanwood winery in the Riverina region of New South Wales that has existed since 1916. It is here wine ranges like Hanwood and Lillydale Estate are produced. Recently, McWilliams ventured into the Margaret River after purchasing the Evans and Tate and Catching Thieves brands. Chief Winemaker Corey Ryan and Senior Winemaker Russell Cody dabble in regions around the country such as Coonawarra, Hilltops, Yarra Valley, Tumbarumba and Eden Valley. They produce quality wines ranging from reliable and affordable through to upmarket single vineyard. They also have some fun with fortifieds just to keep things interesting.

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