2023 Heritage Chardonnay

$100.00 / 750ml bottle

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2023 Heritage Chardonnay

$100.00 / bottle

Nuanced single-vineyard wines that embody our Estate’s distinct landscape and terroir. Made only in exceptional vintages, this Chardonnay undergoes meticulous handcrafting and gentle aging in fine French oak. It earns its place in our Heritage Series through rigorous barrel selection.

  • 96 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 96 Points – Jeni Port, Wine Pilot
  • 94 Points – Huon Hooke, Real Review

Previous Vintage Accolades:

  • 2021 – 97 Points (Gold) – Halliday Wine Companion
  • 2021 – 97 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 2021 – 95 Points – Huon Hooke, Real Review
  • 2021 – 93 Points – James Suckling, American Wine Critic
  • 2020 – 96 Points (TOP GOLD) – National Cool Climate Wine Show
  • 2020 – 96 Points (Gold) – Halliday Wine Companion
  • 2020 – 95 Points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review
  • 2020 – 94 Points – The Wine Front
  • 2020 – 93 Points – Decanter World Wine Awards
  • 2020 – 91 Points – International Wine Challenge
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Specifications

Vineyard Location

Vineyard Location

From our Hahndorf estate in Adelaide Hills, situated at an elevation of 450m, a single vineyard parcel with a uniform North Easterly aspect was chosen for the entire 2023 Heritage Chardonnay. The lean soils limit vigour, yielding small, compact, and intensely flavored bunches. Planted with the well-established Bernard 95 clone Chardonnay, this block was handpicked on March 21st, 2023.

Season

Season

The 2023 season was long and cool. Steady and consistent ripening matched with low crop loads ensured all varieties ripened well with the benefit of good-sized canopies. Mild, cool nights enhanced flavour development. The resulting wines are richly flavoured and high in quality with incredible aromatics.

Vinification

Vinification

Chardonnay grapes underwent meticulous whole bunch pressing, extracting only the pure free run portion at 550L/t. After settling for 6 hours, the clear juice with light lees aged in 500L Puncheons and 228L Barriques. Fermentation took place over 3 to 4 weeks in the cool cellar, employing a mix of cultured and wild yeast for complexity. Following 9 months on lees, including wild Malo-Lactic fermentation, the winemaking team blind-tasted and selected the best 3 Puncheons and 3 Barriques for the final blend, featuring 64% new French oak. Post-racking, the blend rested an additional month on lees for gentle integration before bottling.

Technical

Technical

Clone: B95 • Alcohol: 12.5% • Residual Sugar: 0 g/L • Total Acidity: 6.1 g/L • pH: 3.21 • Altitude: 450m • Slope: North-Easterly aspect • Vegan: Yes • Contains sulphites

Grape Variety

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay

Food Match

Food Match

Pork Belly

Production

Production

2,910 Bottles

Winemaker

Winemaker

The Lane Vineyard

Best Drinking

Best Drinking

Cellar up to 20 years

Size

Size

750ml

A stunning offering, the wine shows ripe stone fruit, melon, vanilla, brioche and cedar characters with a flinty overtone. The concentrated palate delivers terrific fruit power combined with creamy texture, finishing impressively long and satisfying. At its best: 2026 to 2036.

- Wine Orbit - Sam Kim