2018 Payne’s Rise Chardonnay
Bright pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Pronounced nectarine and grapefruit aromas are crossed with hints of bees wax and gun flint. Vibrant nectarine and grapefruit flavours are scattered across the palate underscored by notions of gun flint and citrus. Finishes dry and fresh with a medium length aftertaste.
Drink over the next 2-3 years.
Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (30% new), matured for 10 months. Lovely chardonnay, bright, fresh and long. White peach, grapefruit, cashew and crisp acidity come together in the benison of oak. Drink by 2028.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion