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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.
Like 2021, the 2022 vintage was a very cool year with picking occurring about four weeks later than usual. The fruit was hand-picked in early April and 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 he feels helps lift and focus the fruit without adding overt flavour. This year the wine went through just 10% malo to give texture and to round out some acidity. If we can borrow a phrase from the man himself, he’s using the malo akin to “hanging clothes on a clothesline”. He’s got a good line in similes, does Jeff. The wine rested in oak for ten months, with regular stirring to add flesh before blending and bottling.
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