Bellbrae Estate 'Boobs' Chardonnay 2018
The 2018 vintage Boobs Chardonnay was hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and received the royal treatment it deserved in the winery. It spent 10 months on fine lees in French oak barriques, with one third new oak and two thirds 2 to 3 year-old barrels. There was no malolactic fermentation, in order to preserve the purity of fruit and freshness of this wine, but maturation on lees gives it some added mouthfeel and some toasty notes.
Lifted aromas of Lime and Citrus fruits are underpinned with a hint of cashew derived from the French oak maturation. The first sip will discover more Citrus fruit drive as well as a hint of Lemon Sherbet with an excellent acid line throughout the palate. Again the subtle use of oak barrels gives the wine structure that the fruit characters and the creamy texture of yeast breakdown from Battonage, can hang off.