We have been producing Irongate Chardonnay since 1985 and it has evolved into this richly flavored, balanced and elegant wine. The vines from this now-famous Gimblett Gravels ‘Irongate’ vineyard are selected at pruning and crop levels are closely monitored to ensure excellent flavor concentration in the grapes (Mendoza).
Concentrated grapefruit, white peach and stone fruit flavours, with an appealing seasoning of buttery lees and spicy oak. A strong fruit emphasis offers appeal. Rich, textural wine with obvious power and length.
Recommended Food: Irongate Chardonnay is an intense, richly flavoured wine and is an ideal match for rich seafood and white meat dishes. Try it with char-grilled squid and lemon butter sauce, or barbecued chicken.
Recommended Cellaring: 3-7 years
Production Notes: Selected parcels of hand harvested fruit were gently whole bunch pressed. The free run was put to French oak, for wild fermentation. After primary ferment the wine was lees stirred to add complexity and build palate weight. The wine spent just under ten months in barrel before assembly and bottling.
Technical Notes: Alcohol: 13.5% TA: 6.6g/l pH: 3.3 Residual Sugar: 2.5g/l
Tasting Notes: Warm and complex aromas of peach, cashew and lemon. Immediate weight on entry to the palate with concentrated fruits including peach and lime, but savoury elements too. Firmly structured, viscous and smooth.