2019 Josef Chromy Chardonnay
White nectarine and fresh grapefruit with subtle oatmeal characters. Balanced and structured palate with juicy lees complexity. Fresh natural acidity gives focus and length.
Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed directly into barrel. All oak consisted of French barriques (33% new oak, 21% 1 yr, 26% 2 yr and 19% 3 yr old barrels). Eight ferments were created with different yeast strains, including one wild ferment, to draw out textural, fruit, nut and biscuit characters. Some lees stirring towards the end of the ferments to build texture and autolytic charm. Strict barrel selection approximately 8 weeks after primary fermentation ensures that only the finest barrels are retained. After 8-10 months in barrel, the wine is blended, undergoes minimal fining and is sealed under screw-cap to enable the wine to be enjoyed at its optimum.
Pair with full-flavoured fish and rich poultry dishes. Drink now or cellar until 2028.
4.5 stars, Winewise - 'A vibrant white peach chardonnay showing a hint of nougat complexity and a whiff of quality oak. The palate is tight, long and textured.'
Gold - 2021 International Wine & Spirits Awards, Spain