Tiger Tiger Chardonnay 2014
Chardonnay (100%), TUMBARUMBA
The 2014 growing season was marked by average temperatures and precipitation. Good spring rains and a dry December/January enabled stress-free ripening and good retention of aromatics and grape acid.
Gordon & Elizabeth Cribbin’s vineyard sits in a saddle at 850m above sea level, at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The site drains to valleys either side and offers exceptional conditions for growing Chardonnay at the cool margin. The soil is deep, well-drained, weathered granite.
The grapes were harvested at just over 12 Baumé, with 11+ g/L acid. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and run to a mix of new and seasoned Allier and Tronçais oak for fermentation. Each parcel underwent a full malolactic fermentation and was aged on lees before blending and bottling in February 2015.
The wine is fresh on the nose with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit and flint. A changing and complex wine of depth and concentration that with time in the glass reveals lemon curd, brioche and spent matchsticks. The palate is focussed, mouth-filling and long. The wine will metamorphose and take on complexity with age.
‘I10V1 clone, the vineyard at 850m, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, fermented in French oak (30% new) full mlf, matured for 11 months. Rocket fuel power; ultimate intensity and focus, mlf was clearly essential; unsweetened grapefruit and zest plus some white peach and nutty oak. 96 Points’ James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016