2018 Swaby Chardonnay
The beautiful Swaby vineyard has been yielding stunning fruit for 30 years and we feel pretty blessed to have been making wine from her grapes for a third of that lifetime. This vintage’s offering is not unlike previous Swaby showings: it begins with powerfully flinty aromas belying a nuanced, tiered palate. Flavours of crunchy green apples and boiled sweets are layered gently on a fine, linear scaffold. The back palate, by contrast, is marked by light salinity and the bitter hint grapefruit pith. A little shy but with such clean expression and fabulous length, it will last and last. Sometimes when we sit down to taste and ponder, we know we’re repeating ourselves… but that’s because we’ve found what we’re looking for and we’re happy to do it again and again.
100% Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay, handpicked, wild-yeast fermentation, only four barrels made, some bâttonage, 10 months in 25% new French oak, bottled in December 2018, unfiltered & unfined.