2021 Journeys End Naturist Chardonnay
Even though the majority of this wine was matured in neutral oak, with only a small proportion in new 'Vicard' French oak barriques, the end result is a rich, full bodied style of Chardonnay that will only fill out further with time. Winemaker Ben Riggs has added back an additional 10% of tank fermented juice to provide freshness and vibrancy to the final wine.
Brilliant pale straw colour with a glimmer of green to the edges and a watery hue. Aromas of ripe peaches, crème brulee and light butterscotch fill the nostrils with some bacon fat and spicy nougat also evident. Mid weighted, rich peach and crème brulee flavours have a creamy textural feel. Also chiming in are subtle butterscotch, toasty oak and spicy nougat elements. Excellent intensity finishing with a nicely balanced freshness and long aftertaste.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.