Pale yellow-green. A distinctly cooler nose to the 2017 Clonale, with scents of lime, fresh cream, ginger and cashew. The spicy, intense and acid driven palate delivers mandarin and white stone fruit flavours and finishes with excellent length, power and chalky dryness.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019
Clonale is always a fine expression, setting one’s expectations high for the upper echelon wines ahead. As reliant on its chewy waft across the inner gums as it is on its mineral and well positioned oak for poise, focus and length, this brims with flavour: honeydew melon, dried hay, cashew, nougat and curd. Round and pleasing already, but will hold for mid-term cellaring.
The 2017 Kooyong Clonale is a blend of Chardonnay from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards. The grapes are gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (8% new), where fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts. Following fermentation, the wine is aged on lees (without battonage) for 10 months. It is bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.