With one of the longest growing seasons for Chardonnay in the world, Coonawarra allows the fruit for the Hollick Bond Road to develop and ripen slowly, with sufficient natural acidity for palate balance.
The finest parcels of fruit from the vineyard adjacent to Bond Road on the Wilgha property in Coonawarra were selected for inclusion in the Hollick Bond Road Coonawarra Chardonnay.
The grapes were harvested in the cool of the dawn so that the fruit was delivered to the winery in pristine condition, and gentle pressing ensured that only the highest quality, free run juice made it to fermentation. A small portion of the wine is encouraged to undergo malo-lactic fermentation, which adds softness to the mouth-feel and a slight buttery note to the nose and palate.
Fermentation in French oak hogsheads, where it remained on its yeast lees for six months, gives this wine a complex palate of fresh, vibrant green apple, pear, melon and nectarine primary fruit flavours.
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