Oxidative handling resulting in low phenolics and ultimately greater complexity. A combination of pure yeast ferments, with small parcels of wild ferments.
A blend of three renowned Chardonnay regions with Beechworth providing 71% of the blend. Orange provides 15% and the Hunter Valley and Cowra 7% each. Beechworth has enjoyed a run of
successful vintages from 2012.
Brokenwood, along with a large number of Chardonnay producers are picking much earlier than say, 10 years ago. Partly due to the fact that a lot of vineyards are reaching maturity and therefore have great fruit flavour and concentration at lower sugars. Also the demand from consumers is for more finely structured Chardonnay, so lower alcohols and less oak.
Rich seafoods, pasta and light meat dishes.
A great example of Brokenwood's layered Chardonnay and is an excellent drink for now or over the short term. The use of screw cap will ensure consistent aging.