Country: Australia Region: Adelaide Hills
Vintage: 2010 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Dawson & James
The first release Dawson & James Chardonnay is a single vineyard wine made from vines planted on the Meadowbank Vineyard in 1989. After whole bunch pressing the free run juice was fermented in French oak barriques, one third of which were new. We were seeking natural fermentation character through using a selected yeast that was hybridised from known naturally occurring yeast species. This provided the comfort of an even, somewhat controlled fermentation that would not impact on the innate character of the fruit and terroir.
Ageing Potential: Drink Now
The wine shows an extraordinary level of integration that is testimony to the intensity and balance of the Chardonnay grapes from this 21 year old vineyard. An extra layer of complexity was derived from partial malolactic fermentation and finely integrated oak. The lasting impression is one of fresh, lemony natural acidity and moreish mouthfeel that invites another glass.
Food Matches: Chicken / White Fish / Pork ABV: 12%