Walnut Block Wines - 2016
Meticulously sourced from 20 year old vines, with grapes being hand picked then whole-bunch pressed with natural, wild yeast fermentation in French oak barrels. Twelve months maturation in barrel. Fine, tightly-knit and of superb focus with marked intensity. Delightful bouquet of ripe spiced pear and peach all overlain by a sheen of creme patissiere. The lovely satin-like texture is energised by a seam of etched minerality and keen acidity. A Chardonnay of much style and grace. Fine persistence too.
16/20 – JancisRobinson.com, ‘Yeasty, nutty nose. Clean palate with bright apricot and peach fruit, some attractive salty notes and just a touch of orange peel which seems very slightly oxidative on the finish.‘ Richard Hemming, October 2017 (2015 vintage)