Region: Geelong, Victoria
Ageing Potential: Drink now - 2020
Perfect with: Spanner crab angelhair pasta
Why you’ll love it:
The GC Chardonnay (GC – Gary Charles) is attributed to all the knowledge they have been able to extract from Gary to create a close planted / high density planting of chardonnay on a exposed cote. The hillsides facing North, North East and East will be the backbone of the Farr dynasty for decades to come. They consist of the most suitable clones, rootstocks, trellising and management you fill find for their landscape. This is their tribute to what ‘Gazza’ has achieved and provoked over 40 years not only in their region but for chardonnay and pinot noir of Australia.
The fruit is hand-picked then whole-bunch pressed in the winery. All the solids are collected and chilled before being put to barrel, which are 35 per cent new French oak. A natural fermentation will occur at cool temperatures over the next one to two months, and then a small amount of stirring helps start malolactic fermentation. The wine is then racked, fined and lightly filtered before bottling 11 months after picking. A complete chardonnay.
The wine has an amazing smoothness and calmness that stretches the length of the palate, surrounded with textured fruit and mineral elements. We have been playing with the fruit from these vineyards for more than 8 years, fine tuning the style of wine that these vineyards are producing. What a result once it all came together.