2017 Bicknell fc Applecross Chardonnay - Last Stocks
Brilliant water like colour with a greenish tinge around the edges. Aromas of white peach, nectarine, subtle dried honey and biscuity oak are trailed by citrusy nougat and faint spicy cashew notes. Light and elegant the palate features nectarine and citrus fruits which are underpinned by fresh acidity, subtle nuances of biscuit, green apple and flinty mineral are also present. Refreshing mid length aftertaste.
Cellar 4-5 years.
An exceptionally stylish chardonnay with a pungent minerality its calling card; flavour and complexity its birth right. Stone fruit notes are ripe enough with an edge of elbow and shin, before a creamy curl of nougat and subtle oak melds effortlessly. The finish is scintillating: long, refined and brimming with an energy that demands another glass. Drink by 2025.
Ned Goodwin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
This is a small project between winemaker, David Bicknell and viticulturalist, Nicky Harris. A very complex, pure chardonnay, this offers fresh lemon and white peach, as well as nectarine, with a subtle, glossy edge. Oak and winemaking-derived complexity, all deeply bedded in, with some light flint and savory-pastry notes, too. The palate has a seamless textural quality with lemon, grapefruit, peach and green mango on offer. The elegance and depth here are stunning. Hazelnut finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
JamesSuckling.com (October 2020)