Liv Zak Chardonnay 2020
Aromas of citrus, cashew & honeysuckle. On the palate hints of citrus, stone fruit with a saline/salty palate and a lasting linear finish.
Hand - picked and whole bunch pressed, the juice was transferred to seasoned barrels after a brief settling period. The juice was allowed to ferment naturally with wild yeast with some gentle stirring of lees towards the end. Once sugar dry, the barrels had a sulphur addition to inhibit secondary fermentation to help preserve the wines beautiful natural acidity. The wine remained in barrel
on full yeast lees for 8 months of maturation for blending and preparing for bottle.
2019 was a vintage of two halves, split down the middle by a rather extreme heat event where early March saw 5 days in a row of well over 35C. We fortunately had harvested all of our whites, rosé and Pinot Noir by this stage as we saw
early flavour development in these varieties. These wines show great aromatics and brilliant natural acidities. The Shiraz , Cabernet Sauvignon and other robust reds were well prepared to ride out the heat through irrigation and sprawling, shady canopies. The rest of March was mild and even, with cool nights, resulting in wines with great depth of flavour and silky, refined palates.
Winemaker: Brendan Hawker
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Bottled: November 2019
Growing area: Yarra Valley VIC
Alc / Vol: 13.35%
Cellar Potential: 10+ years
Oak: Seasoned French oak barriques
Maturation: 8 month son lees l