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Muse Chardonnay 2015

Drinking Guide

 

Drink 2017–2030.

$40

QTY

There is immense beauty here for Chardonnay lovers. The excellent 2015 vintage has produced beautifully composed and layered wines destined to cellar well. As always, our Muse Chardonnay showcases fruit, wild fermentation and oak in harmony with a dazzling backbone. The tension between taut acidity and tannins gives the wine great minerality, kept fresh via the lack of malo-lactic fermentation. Handpicked and brought together from many small batches, the wine displays a slow reveal and a delicious sequence. The bouquet reveals fresh, perfumed and stately aromas of delicate lime, apple blossom, stone fruit, sandalwood and vanilla bean. Ripe fruit, stately oak, elegance and finesse are woven together on the palate before the acid arrives with laser-like precision. Cellar well and drink with food.

Winemakers Comments
Vintage Description
Technical Details

A level of integration and austerity, which I think best shows the Tasmanian terroir, is again shown in this wine. Taut acidity and tannins give the wine great minerality, which is kept fresh via the lack of malo-lactic fermentation. The result is fruit, wild fermentation and oak characters in harmony with a solid backbone. This wine will drink very well in its youth but will also soften and improve with maturation. Look for integrated oak and the chalky minerality balanced with fruit weight, tight acidity and roundness from battonage: vineyard expression and technical winemaking. Picking was again organised around a desire to achieve a range of ripeness and flavour profiles in the finished wine, as seen below. We aim to harvest on approximately the same day so we get the variation between the river front and our other block of Chardonnay, which is the highest and furthest from the river. As for the season, 2015 was a very peculiar. From the tail end of veraison through the whole of vintage, the weather was extremely variable with hot days mixed with cold days, and rain and sun all mixed up. Most of what I would consider typical in terms of ripening sequence and development was completely reversed. Yields, however, were good, as was the resulting very high quality wine.