Wirra Wirra The 12th Man Chardonnay 2022
This Adelaide Hills Chardonnay were handpicked and whole bunch pressed with the free run component of the juice filled to French oak for spontaneous/wild fermentation, some batches being overseeded with PDM. All barrels were tasted weekly, lees stirring being introduced to add complexity and encourage partial malo-lactic fermentation. Barrels were sulphured on lees at various stages through maturation to capture fruit brightness.
Pale lemon and straw. White peach and citrus notes along with fresh baked bread, lemon curd and flint. A hint of fine French oak. Intense nectarine, grapefruit and the whole lemon: zest, pith and juice. French butter, cedar and saline notes are followed by saline notes and fine oyster shell minerals. Long and elegant, there is a final burst of stone fruit richness.