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Certified organic. The Chardonnay is sourced from three plots within the Balmoral block at Nashdale, with volcanic chocolate ferrosol soils at 880 meters altitude, on the northeast-facing slope of Mount Canobolas. At almost 30 years of age, these are some of the oldest vines in the region.
The fruit was hand-picked in early April, marking a return to normal picking times (the 2019 harvest was in February). It was then whole-bunch pressed to French oak puncheons (500 litre) for primary fermentation. Byrne used 30% low-impact new oak—a very tight-grain, steam-bent barrel from the Mâconnais region of Burgundy—which helps lift and focus the fruit without adding overt flavour. This year the wine went through 20% malo to give texture and to round out some acidity. It rested in oak for nine months, with bâtonnage every three weeks before blending and bottling.
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