2019 Indigo Beechworth Chardonnay
The likes of iconic producer Giaconda and to a lesser extent Sorrenberg have long been building Beechworth’s reputation as a world class producer of Chardonnay. Today Giaconda stands alongside Leeuwin Estate as one of the country’s top Chardonnay makers. Whilst not quite in that league, Indigo’s 2019 Chardonnay is a fantastic rendition of the style at a fraction of the price.
Located between Beechworth and Wangaratta, the Indigo Vineyard has 46 hectares planted to 12 different varieties of grapes. The vineyard soils range from granitic sands to clay loams. Most of the vineyard is undulating North-South and East facing which ensures maximum light interception, but minimises the harsh afternoon summer sun.
A delicious Beechworth Chardonnay selling for a song
Matured in French oak barriques of varying ages for 12 months. Brilliant pale straw colour with a distinct glimmer of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Alluring white peach and ripe nectarine fruits are ample in their intensity out of the glass with dried honey, crème brulee, citrusy nougat and subtle butterscotch notes ensuing. Rich, beautifully textured and showing perfect balance, the mid weighted palate is engulfed with fleshy white peach and nectarine fruits which overlay a dried honey, crème brulee, light cashew, nougat and delicate gun flint back drop. Possessing Beechworth’s trademark drive it finishes with a citrusy freshness and long cream tinged aftertaste.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
Hand picked and destemmed fruit, fermented in barrel with wild yeast followed by 12 months' maturation in French oak (20% new). A shining, bright and breezy citrus-infused chardonnay that lays out why chardonnay is the the grape of the Beechworth region. Boasts a freshness of citrus and stone fruit, gentle florals, flint, crème brûlée texture and a lick of lingering spice. Oak is a background thought, the fruit is the star. One smart vinous package. Drink by 2025.
Jeni Port – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion