Wild Earth Chardonnay 2019

This elegant cool climate Chardonnay offers an enticing combination of citrus (lemon), stone fruit and tropical (pineapple) tones on the nose with a touch of vanilla bean and ginger. The palate is delicate, fresh and pure with great focus and a lingering finish. Zingy citrus gives great energy to the wine with lovely integrated oak giving ample structure. Lively and fresh in its youth, it should develop beautifully for 7+ years. A fantastic wine to drink on its own but also great with fish, seafood and cuisine with lots of zest!

Awards and reviews
94pts, 5 stars, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93pts, 4.5 stars, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review 
92pts, "excellent", Cameron Douglas MS
18+/20pts, Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 
4.5 stars, Winestate Magazine


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These Chardonnay grapes come from a single vineyard located on a prestigious terrace in Bendigo which was planted with clones 548, Mendoza and 809.
The grapes were hand harvested between March 29 and April 8. The wine was whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeasts on full solids which adds both richness and complexity to the wine. The wine is fermented and aged for 10 months in 15% new French oak from the premium Troncais forest in France; the rest in older French oak. Minimal stirring and full malolactic fermentation gives the wine a balance of creamy texture and great drive.

94pts, 5 stars, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2020
"This is gorgeously composed and styled; showing nectarine, fig, vanilla and roasted hazelnut aromas on the nose, followed by a wonderfully weighted palate that's fleshy and creamy. It's graceful and persistent with splendid complexity. At its best: now to 2025".

93pts, 4.5 stars, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, June 2020
"From the China Terrace section of the Bendigo subregion. Powerful chardonnay with citrus, grapefruit, melon, struck-flint and spicy oak flavours. A seamless wine with impress purity and a lengthy finish driven by tangy acidit. Drink 2019-2026".

92pts, "excellent", Cameron Douglas MS, June 2020
"An enticing bouquet with ripe almost sweet citrus, red apple and white peach aromas. Scents of medium toast wood spices then a white stone mineral layer. Attractive and fresh with an inviting complexity. On the palate - youthful with a fleshy and salivating attack; flavours of sweet lemon, grapefruit and white fleshed stone fruits return. Fine fruit and wood tannins, a cashew and mild toasty wood layer, quite lengthy, medium+ weight and finishing dry. A lovely wine, just at the beginning of its settling in phase so best drinking from mid to late 2021 and through 2025".

4.5 stars, Winestate Magazine, Sept 2020
"This is a very refreshing chardonnay, reminiscent of Chablis.  A single-vineyard wine, grown at Bendigo, it was hand-picked and fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (15% new).   Bright, light lemon/green, it is elegant and vibrantly fruity, with youthful, lemony, appley flavours to the fore, a gentle seasoning of biscuity oak, balanced acidity and a sustained finish.  Best drinking 2022+" 

18+/20pts, Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, June 2020
"Bright, light yellow with a slight green hue, youthful. The nose is elegantly presented with notes of white peaches, citrus zest along aromas of melted butter, raw almonds, and a dusting of delicate spices underlying crushed rocks minerality. The palate is poise with a soft and fresh taut of acidity, hauling ripened peaches, citrus fruit, and zest, entwined with a slight nuttiness and subtle spices. Medium-bodied, creamy and a light palate, balanced by the soft and lively acidity. The complex crunchy mineral element is adding another layer of interest. This is an elegantly presented, complex Chardonnay with multi-layers of interest; lively acidity flows on a creamy palate leading to a long and mineral finish. Match with poultry and pork sausages over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from a single vineyard on Bendigo Terrace, a mix of clones 548, Mendoza and 809. Whole bunch pressed, full solids, wild fermented to 13% alc. Aged 10 months in French oak, 15% new, minimal battonage, full MLF. 18+/20pts"