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Wakefield St Andrews Clare Valley Chardonnaytext

Wakefield St Andrews Clare Valley Chardonnay 2016

Clare Valley, South Australia, AustraliaThis is the winery's flagship white, named for the historic property first established in 1892. This is sourced from the heart of Clare, from two blocks in the historic St. Andrews vineyards planted to the French Bernard clone. From the famed terra rossa soils (red brown loam over limestone), this is whole berry pressed with juice cooled quickly to maintain freshness and delicacy. The juice is then cold-settled prior to fermentation in French oak barrels with battonage for nine weeks post fermentation, followed by ten months on lees in new and one-year-old French oak. All the treatments are certainly felt in this serious, full-bodied and creamy white, lined with lemon curd, hay, roasted almonds and savoury flinty notes. Pear, white peach, large flake salts are compacted into an impressive 12 degrees alcohol. Though the wood is evident at this very youthful stage, this wine was built for the future. So much freshness and finesse here now; drinks beauty now after opening, but will be a killer in a few years. Cellar-worthy, and a highlight of the portfolio.Tasted: 09 July 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 44.00 BCLS Producer: Wakefield Wines PtyDistributors: The Bacchus Group Inc.
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Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 879510UPC: 009311659000121