2016 Faultline Chardonnay

2016
Faultline Chardonnay

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Tasting Profile

This single-block wine is sourced from just 0.42 ha of 20-year-old Chardonnay vines within the Faultline block. Compared to the Farrago block the soil contains less ironstone and more deep clay, leading to wines containing an earthy depth and a fuller, richer palate. The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (of which 15% were new), where fermentation occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts. After fermentation the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for 11 months, with the only racking occurring directly prior to bottling. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

The cool and pure nose of the 2016 Faultline delivers a complex mix of white florals, waxy white nectarine, preserved lemon and lime juice. Less fruitier notes of crystallized ginger, brine and oatmeal round out the bouquet. The palate is vibrant from the beginning with free-flowing energy and drive complemented by fleshy stone fruit and citrus flavours. The finish is long and laden with chalky lemon acidity. While this can be enjoyed now, it requires time in the cellar to reach its full potential.

13%

Tasting Profile 2016
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Reviews

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016

Fluid but complex. Smoky and flinty as it flushes pear, apple, chalk and white peach flavour through the palate. Style, substance and length. Elegant face of Mornington chardonnay.

95 points

Campbell Mattinson

The Australian Wine Annual 2016

Subtle and stylish, this reserved and elegant chardonnay has a delicate but deeply floral perfume whose waxy, grapefruit, melon and lemony aromas are backed by smoky oak and nuances of honeysuckle, acacia and a nutty, mealy aspect. It’s long and silky, with a translucent presence of melon and lemon flavour that moves over a pithy texture with freshness and focus towards a bitter Seville orange-like finish.

95 points

Jeremy Oliver

Gourmet Traveller Wine, Feb/March 2016

This is a wonderfully delicate, subtle wine which manages the balancing act between richness and generosity on one hand and finesse on the other. Toast and vanilla aromas; the palate continuing the seamless sense of harmony.

94 points

Huon Hooke

WBM, November/December 2015

Scintillating. Effortlessly unites gunflint with pristine white peach and grapefruit, even nuances of white pepper. There is energy, tension and light-footedness and at the same time expansive presence and concentration that offers breadth and remarkable persistence. Benchmark.

96 points

Tyson Stelzer

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The Vintage

September 2015 welcomed the beginning of budburst leading to a dry and warm spring. October was 3 degrees above the average temperature and El Niño affected the amount of rain we received. Vine vigour was controlled due to the lack of rainfall with the canopy generous and open. Fruitfulness was up from the previous vintage and flowering and fruit set occurred unhindered. Veraison commenced in early January. The period between January and mid-March was warmer than historically usual and harvest began at the same time in February as recent vintages. Conditions remained very dry and warm throughout the harvest period, it was a compact vintage finishing in mid-March. The viticultural team worked steadily throughout harvest and delivered healthy and energetic fruit, with ripeness and acidity well balanced.
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The Vineyard

The Kooyong vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Tuerong, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.

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