Three Ponds Grosser Chardonnay 2019
- Hunter Valley -
This is the first time that we have made a reserve chardonnay under this label. Hand picked from 27-year old vines in a drought year that saw good concentration of flavour as well as preservation of minerality. Fermented and matured in a combination of new and French oak barrels.
Vineyard Three Ponds Vineyard, Broke
Winemaker Andrew Spinaze
A barrel selection of the best of the vintage, fermentation and maturation in new and older French oak. A rich wine, with toasty, nutty oak mingling with stone fruit on the bouquet, and showing a similar theme on the palate, with a textural mouthfeel and ripe fruit balanced by light but persistent acidity. A good wine that is still getting into its stride.
Steven Creber – Wine Companion – 93/100
Yellow Gold in colour with a nose ripe with tropical fruit and toasty oak. The palate shows good weight, textural richness with excellent fruit/oak integration. This is a classic food friendly Chardonnay with great presence and complexity. Enjoy now or over the next 4 years.
Dr Ron Georgiou MW – Wine Oracle – 93/100
What makes a premium chardonnay?
The 2019 Grosser Chardonnay was only the second time we bottled a chardonnay in our reserve range, the other being our 2019 Heirloom Chardonnay. So what do we look for when deciding this? We basically want the best of both chardonnay worlds! First we seek fruit with disting character, elegant yet powerful. Such characters need to be able to support maturation in new and old French oak barrels. Secondly, we require excellent natural minerality, to give the drinker freshness in the early years and the ability to reward careful cellaring. The 2019 vintage was the last of 3 successive drought vintages. The old vines on our Three Ponds vineyard were moderately stressed by the lack of water to allow wonderful concentration of flavour whilst preserving natural acidity.