Stunning Swaby is all game and no shame, effortlessly fulfilling the checklist of Chardonnay perfection: balance, structure, aromatics, seduction, generosity of spirit. Prettier and tighter than 2016, our 2017 Swaby is that oily spritz from a perfectly ripe tangerine as it pulls away from the tree. You can smell the last hints of springtime citrus blossom and the herbaceous leaf canopy and feel the lightly bitter tang of pith on the tip of your tongue. A gentle layer of flinty wood smoke curls through the branches. Refined, never fined, and seamlessly beautiful.
100% Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay, handpicked, wild-yeast fermentation, only four barrels made, some bâttonage, 12 months in 25% new French oak, bottled in December 2017, unfiltered & unfined.