Whole bunch pressing, wild ferments in new French oak have come together in spectacular fashion. The wine was fermented in 35% new French oak and the balance older, from a variety of cooperages.
The Orange district is widely recognised as one of Australia’s
premium cool climate regions. Rob Crawford established the
‘Forest Edge’ Vineyard in 1988. Vintage 2017 is Brokenwood’s 18th year of handling fruit from the Forest Edge Vineyard.
A very wet winter was recorded between April and September 2016 with 902mm of rain, very different in contrast to 2015, which was quite cold and dry. This aided a very strong bud burst and spring growth. The 100mm in December was a welcome top up as January and February were scorchers. Harvest was pushed back by several factors across most of Australia, cold wet winter, higher crop loads and a very hot summer. We picked Forest Edge Chardonnay 8th to 15th March and before the skies opened on the 22nd March.
Pairs well with seafood and veal dishes.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.