Taylors Jaraman Chardonnay 2018

Continuing the theme of blending from prime fruit regions, here Taylors stick to their home base of the Clare Valley, along with reaching to the west in Margaret River. As the only white in the range it has to hold its own! Fermented in French oak barrels, of which 60% new, and 20% each 1 year old & 2nd year. Half of the fruit was wild fermented. 8 months maturation with regular battonage/yeast lees stirring. Minimal fining and filtration.

Taylors, Jaraman, Chardonnay, Clare Valley, Margaret River, 2018

Pale lemon straw colour. Lifted and layered nose: good amounts of struck match phenolics, intense lemon/lemonade, briny sea spray with hints of riper yellow melon and fig. The lees work giving a creamy undertone while the oak provides toasted nut and light balsa wood spice. The palate retains elevated and elegant, almost hovering above its oak and lees work rich floor. Nuanced citrus, yellow fruit and fig with a plush mid-palate cruise that persists and cushions a textural and tight finish. The unusual regional blending here working well.

RRP: $25
Alc: 13%
Rating:  18.5/20

Wine sample courtesy of Taylors Wines

 

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