2020 Intrinsic Chardonnay
Cropping levels were very low in the Chardonnay (Clone I10V5) due to a poor fruit set from wind & rain at flowering. Whole bunched pressed fermented naturally in 300L hogs heads & 228L barriques, racked after 12 months élevage to tank, always full malo, no fining or filtering, bottled 6 months later from racking. A small amount of sulphur post malo & pre bottling. Vintage 2020 was a wild ride from climatic conditions out of our control, the wine is up there as one of the greats a perfect pitch & balance from our terroir.
Taking their time, as always. Glorious patience and righteousness with these EP wines, and geez, they cellar beautifully. New labels happening. Wine is from the amazing home vineyard at Coghills Creek.
Flavour, texture, concentration. Great wine of chardonnay verity, lots of generosity and yet freshness with length for days. Glorious perfume of lemon curd, ripe apple, nectarine, sea spray and cashew. Flavours similar and the gentle creaminess rolls into chalky, fine tendrils of acidity and minerally things that last and last. Fantastic. Tip Top Tipple, Top Value, Alc 12.2%, Drink: 2022 - 2030+
Rated: 95 Points