Macclesfield Chardonnay 2018
Sophisticated and sexy, this wine is a Chardonnay connoisseur’s delight.
We’re proud of the way our Chardonnay vines have matured over the past 20 years. The fruit now possesses a complexity which is reflected in the glass and speaks truly of Longview’s terroir.
Wild yeast, barrel fermented vinification has delivered a wine with a rich mouth feel, subtle nectarine and white peach flavours and a pristine acid line. Its gentle spice and slightly creamy finish is heightened by perfectly integrated French oak.
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A pure expression of fruit quality and vineyard character. Intense aromas of citrus pith and ripe white stone fruit with underlying minerality. Perfectly integrated French oak used during fermentation adds depth and complexity. The palate is elegant and restrained with refreshing acidity giving the wine extreme focus and length.
Spring rainfall was relatively below average which helped disease control and provided ideal conditions for the flowering period. Dry conditions through early summer helped us control vine vigour resulting in balanced canopies. From veraison through to harvest, the weather was ideal with minimal moisture, and cool nights resulting in exceptional fruit flavour development and acid retention. The fruit was harvested between 26th of February during the coolest part of the day and delivered to the winery immediately to preserve fruit flavour.
Sorting and selection start out in our vineyard where only the best areas are handpicked. Using L10V1, Entav 76,95,96,589 Chardonnay clones, the grapes are whole bunch pressed with the juice racked into barrel and fermented using wild yeast for 20 days. 100% matured in French oak (30% new, 30% second use, 40% third use) with 100% allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The wine saw lees contact for approximately 3 months and spent a total time of 9 months in oak before light filtering pre-bottling
2018 Macclesfield Chardonnay
“Sweet lemon-juice characters with a touch of refreshing yoghurt. The palate is laden with bright white stone fruit with the addition of a gorgeous lemon vein which brightens up the palate. Fresh and cleansing on the finish.” 91 Points – Toni Paterson, The Real Review
“Yellowish-straw in colour, melon and white peach varietal aromas share the stage with notable barrel influence in this youthful chardonnay. Is the oak too much? It depends on personal taste, but this wine does offer more than a simple fruit/oak equation. Plenty of personality and tons of flavour, if not particularly refined.” 90 Points – Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review
“Rich and sassy chardonnay with lots of cream and pie-crust character to the dried apples and pears. Full-bodied, dense and layered. Flavorful at the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap”. 94 Points – James Suckling
“Longview is building a reputation for both the length and breadth of its range and this is terrific chardonnay for the price; beautifully balanced, impressively varietal with the poise of a ballerina and the coiled power of an MMA artist. The fruit was all hand-picked from low-yielding high-altitude vines. French oak adds interest. Thoroughly modern, thoroughly delicious.” – Winsor Dobbin
“Fantastic classy topographical label- rich citrus & stone fruit aromas, so smooth, tasty & round flavours- superb balance & depth of flavours with an excellent lingering finish!” – Dan Traucki
2016 Macclesfield Chardonnay
Bronze Medal – 2017 Adelaide Hills Wine Show
Bronze Medal – 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Show
95 Points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion ‘WOW Factor Whites’ 2017. “The distiguished line-up of clones has obviously contributed to the complexity of the texture and flavour of this impressive chardonnay; it has layers of fruit, with some creaminess ex the mlf matching the crunchy natural acidity, and quality French oak providing another layer”
Bronze Medal – 2017 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Bronze Medal – 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards.
90 Points – Huon Hooke. “Light straw colour with a creamy yeast-lees aroma, with a tinge of smokiness. There’s a lot more to it than simple fruit. Oak is liberally utilised, the palate intense and deep, firm and tight, with good persistence.”
93 points – Mike Frost, The Courier Mail. “This complex estate grown, Adelaide Hills white shows citrus and stone fruit on the nose and palate, with integrated French oak and a touch of creaminess from malolactic fermentation and nutty lees maturation. Enjoy over next five years with chicken or pork dishes.”
|Residual Sugar||4 g/L|
|Total Acidity||6.7 g/L|
|Winemaking Team||Brian Walsh & Michael Sykes|