Smalltown Vineyards The Next Big Thing Chardonnay

£14.50

Smalltown Vineyards

The Next Big Thing Chardonnay

Barossa Valley 2020

South Australia 

13% ABV 

Tasting Notes

With the faintest whiff of biscuity oak this bright, tangy Barossa Chardonnay is an absolute delight. It has that classical Barossa charm, elegance, poise, tang and naggingly more-ish elusive something-other which makes one wonder why there isn't more Australian Chardonnay. The 2015 enjoys all of the notes above with added texture and breadth making this vintage food focussed still.

FOOD MATCH Anything with chicken, pork, prawns, seafood... Brilliant as a quaffer or perfect with a lovingly cooked meal.

Production

Grapes are hand harvested from an old block on the Binder family Barossa vineyards. Small batches of Chardonnay are picked and pressed through a tank press with some skin contact. 25% is fermented in French puncheons and American hogsheads for 6 months, aged on lees then blended with the 75% unoaked juice, settled and bottled. Into the main Barossa blend a small component of Eden Valley Chardonnay is blended and the whole sees a tiny bit of secondary use oak for some fine structure.