‘XYZ’ Chardonnay

A modern expression of Hunter Valley Chardonnay with full barrel fermentation and no malolactic fermentation allowed to occur. An elegant crisp style.

 

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2015

2015-XYZ-Chardonnay---FSRegion: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: The XYZ brand wines constitute modern styles of Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines from the Hunter Valley.

Fruit source: Fruit for this wine is from an old-vine vineyard in Pokolbin and a mature Chardonnay vineyard, also in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: The fruit was whole bunch pressed and then barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation allowed.

Maturation: 100% French oak ranging from one year-old to three years-old for an period of six months.

Winemaker’s comments: 2015 never really showed much promise as heavy vintage rains began in early January. This caused ripening delays (we commenced on Feb 2nd) and set up disease problems throughout the Hunter Valley. Whilst not getting through vintage totally unscathed, our old-vine sources proved their value by us being able to harvest, small quantities, but very acceptable fruit.

Tasting notes: Bright straw in colour. Fig, peach and rock-melon aromas feature on the nose with subtle spicy oak in the background. The palate is full flavoured with a hint of fruit sweetness, but kept in line by crisp acidity.

Cellaring estimate: Short—medium term

Suggested food match: Fuller flavoured seafood, chicken and pasta cuisine.

2014

2014-XYZ-Chardonnay-FSWine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: The XYZ brand wines constitute modern styles of Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines from the Hunter Valley.

Fruit source: Fruit for this wine is from an old-vine vineyard in Pokolbin and a mature Chardonnay vineyard at Broke

Fermentation: The fruit was whole bunch pressed and then barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation allowed.

Maturation: 100% French oak ranging from one year-old to three years-old for a period of six months.

Winemaker’s comments: 2014 was a great problem free vintage in the Hunter Valley for all grape varieties. Chardonnay ripened early with harvesting taking place in mid February

Tasting notes: White Peach and Nectarine stone-fruit aromas fill the nose. The same characters flow on to the flavoursome palate which also has hints of spicy French oak. A nice line of acid holds the fruit and oak together to show impeccable balance

Cellaring estimate: Short—medium term.

Suggested food match:Fuller flavoured seafood, chicken and pasta cuisine.

2013

2013-XYZ-Chardonnay-FS[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: The XYZ brand wines constitute modern styles of Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines.

Fruit source: Fruit for this wine is from the 40+ year-old ‘Lochleven’ vineyard located on Deasy’s Road in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: The fruit was whole bunch pressed and then barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation allowed.

Maturation: 100% French oak ranging from one year-old to three years-old for seven months.

Winemaker’s comments: 2013 was a great problem free vintage in the Hunter Valley for all grape varieties. Chardonnay ripened early with harvesting taking place in mid February.

Tasting notes: The nose is of melon and stone-fruits with nutty oak nuances. The palate is richly flavoured but balanced with seamless acidity that keeps it fresh and alive.

Cellaring estimate: Short—medium term.

Suggested food match: Fuller flavoured seafood, chicken and pasta cuisine.

2012

XYZ-CHAR-2012[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: The XYZ brand wines constitute modern styles of the Hunter staples of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines.

Fruit source: Fruit for this wine is from the 40+ year-old ‘Lochleven’ vineyard located on Deasy’s Road in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: The fruit was whole bunch pressed and then barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation allowed.

Maturation: 100% French oak ranging from one year-old to three years-old for seven months.

Winemaker’s comments: The 2012 Hunter vintage only favoured the white varieties, and then only on a very ad hoc basis and each release needs to be taken on its own merits. To release a 2012 Hunter red was virtually impossible due to the rain.

Tasting notes: A surprisingly intense nose of melon and fig with moderate spicy supporting oak. The palate follows through from the nose and is flavoursome and fruit sweet. Gentle acidity balances the wine.

Cellaring estimate: Short term.

Suggested food match: Fuller flavoured seafood, chicken and pasta cuisine.

2010

XYZ-CHAR-2010[1]Wine Notes

Region: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: The XYZ brand wines constitute modern styles of the Hunter staples of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. New Generation wines.

Fruit source: Fruit for this wine is from the 40 year-old ‘Casuarina’ vineyard located on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin.

Fermentation: The fruit was whole bunch pressed and then barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation allowed.

Maturation: 100% French oak ranging from one year-old to three years-old for seven months.

Winemaker’s comments: The 2010 vintage began the same as 2009 with warm dry weather in January. There was rain in February after all of the white varieties were harvested and only affected   Shiraz fruit that was late ripening.

Tasting notes: An inviting nose of melon, peach and cashew nuts with subtle spicy oak. The palate has rich stone-fruit flavours, well managed oak and precise acidity.

Cellaring estimate: Short term.

Suggested food match: Fuller flavoured seafood, chicken and  pasta cuisine.

 

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