'Escaroth' Chardonnay 2019
Escaroth’s fire-breathing dragon has found a pile of gold and sat on it. The riches are our new parcel of Chardonnay nestled at the very top of Escaroth’s north-facing slope in the Southern Valleys’ Taylor Pass. Growers Andy and Kyna have tended the vines zealously since this parcel’s reincarnation to Clone 95 chardonnay.
This inaugural vintage has bowled us over with its bright, zesty grapefruit and lemon notes coupled with brioche, musk and savoury toastiness. There is an oyster-shell, chalky texture that is borne upon precise, defined acidity. Wild fermentation, zero battonage, natural malolactic fermentation and a mixed format oak regime (barriques and puncheons – 30% new) results in a complex and layered palate. Maintaining our minimalist philosophy, we bottle it without filtration and it is presented only with sincerity.