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2016 Opera Block Chardonnay

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Single vineyard, aged vines, intense luscious fruit. Elegant & creamy French oak integration w a fruity dry palate & buttery finish

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Nectar of the gods! A heady mix of French oak and intense fruit, our single vineyard Opera Block Chardonnay is produced in a traditional style. The gorgeous aroma of intermingled French oak, vanillin and intense fruit from aged vines welcomes you to this elegant wine. The smooth palate is strong with white fruit, citrus notes and a touch of French oak sweetness.


GRAPE VARIETY


Chardonnay 100%, Ballandean Estate fruit


DRINK WITH …


French oak barrel fermentation delivers a rich buttery texture that complements creamy sauces, rich poultry and seafood. Try our Opera Block Chardonnay with a chicken and pumpkin risotto, seafood Mornay, Moreton Bay bug tail pappardelle or plate of fresh oysters.


WINE ANALYSIS


Colour Medium gold, medium density
Nose A lifted bouquet of vanillin, toast, pear, honeydew melon and citrus
Palate A fruity dry palate, intense fruit, creamy French oak integration and a, buttery, lingering finish Alc/Vol
14.5% Cellaring potential Drink now to 5 years
Winemaker Dylan Rhymer
Viticulturist Angelo Puglisi


WINEMAKING


The fruit was handpicked in March 2016 then whole bunch pressed. Juice was racked to French oak barrels and yeast added. Lees stirring throughout the year. Stabilised then filtered. No finings added.


VITICULTURE Our Chardonnay fruit was sourced from our Ballandean and Bellevue vineyards, at 800m and 850m above sea level respectively. Some of these vines were planted back in 1985. Our granite soils reflect heat onto the fruit—speeding the ripening during the day, with cool temperatures overnight—resulting in a mature, intensely-flavoured Chardonnay.




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