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Brokenwood Wines

2016 Forest Edge Vineyard Chardonnay Image

2016 Forest Edge Vineyard Chardonnay

Orange, NSW

A very attractive pale yellow colour with green tints. Lifted aroma on the citrus spectrum with grapefruit and lime notes. Even though an indigenous (wild) yeast ferment, the fruit shines through. Some back ground ‘bran meal’ from the lees and oak. Citrus fruit palate that is both fresh and bright but multi-layered. Perfect acid that carries the flavours the finish plus lingering after taste.

WINNER: NSW Department of Primary Industries James Busby Perpetual Trophy for BEST NSW WINE

CRU $288.75   SVC $272.25

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Wine Specs
7.1 g/L
Residual Sugar
0.7 g/L
Alcohol %
James Halliday
Wine Profile
94 Points / Halliday Wine Companion 2018
Trophy: Best Chardonnay / NSW Wine Awards 2017 Gold Medal / St Martin Orange Wine Show Silver Medal / Sydney Royal Wine Show 2017
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.
Winemaker Comments
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 2015 is Brokenwood’s 16th year of handling fruit from Forest Edge. The 2015 winter was cold and relatively dry with June, July and August recording 215mm of rain. A very dry Spring was on the cards but 77mm in November and 79mm in December helped vine growth and temperature heading up to low 30s. January was wetter with 87mm but a dry February, 7mm of rain on 12th February was it for the month along with temps in the 20s to low 30s. A perfect lead up to the 2016 harvest and the fruit was picked on the 4th March.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with seafood and veal dishes.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.