Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Yarra Valley
Ageing/Maturation: Fermented and matured in seasoned and new (23%) French oak barriques, puncheons and vats
Cellar Potential: Now-2021
Sweetness: 1.3 g/L
Coldstream Hills Chardonnay 2016
Nose: Lemon zest and white peach with white flower and wet slate/flinty notes. French oak adds grilled nut notes and spice.
Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday and has since grown to become one of Australia's leading and most awarded small wineries. The Reserve selection begins in the vineyard, invariably anchored on the low yielding Amphitheatre A Block - the steep north facing slope planted below the winery in 1985.
Sourced from handpicked fruit from the Coldstream Hills Estate Blocks, the fruit was fermented traditionally in small three tonne open fermenters. Whole bunches were used in the fermenters to add further complexity and structure.