Irrewarra Chardonnay 2019
Mineral driven and pleasantly stone fruited Chardonnay from Victoria. A lovey drink.
Irrewarra’s vineyard was planted in 2001 at the top of a north-facing slope. The soils across the slope of the site are a mixture of grey sandy clay loams at the south end to dark brown loams with gravel top soils toward the north. The 2019 vintage has an array of citrus aromas on the nose. The palate is complex and full with notes of white nectarine and citrus fruit, a backbone of acidity and a long, mineral finish.
Region/Country: Western Victoria, Australia
Production Method: Whole-bunch pressed to stainless-steel tank. The juice is then transferred to French oak barrels, one third of which are new. Fermentation began naturally and continued for up to four weeks at temperatures below 24°C. The wine remained in barrel and underwent malolactic fermentation.
Style: Mineral driven with crisp acidity and lovely stone and citrus fruit character.
Pairing Suggestion: White meats, seafood and vegetable dishes
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape owing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particularly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
Irrewarra is a new winemaking project by Nick Farr, who is known for his exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at By Farr in Geelong. Irrewarra’s small three hectare vineyard was planted in 2001 predominantly with Pinot Noir, with just under one hectare of Chardonnay.