2018 Brothers Malmsbury Chardonnay
The third release of this ripe and slightly oxidative chardonnay from the northern tip of the Macedon region.
In the glass
Honey, meyer lemon, daisies, lucerne and something I want to call crushed quartz aromatically.
I love the concentration of the palate - I put this down to older vines, dry grown on old roots.
There is a density to the wine, within which you can taste these salty, mineralic, slightly rich soils. Pithy, coiled citrus flavours layer pear and riper stone fruit - white and yellow flesh peach with mint on top. Some fine and integrated tannin framed the wine and a mineral push gives length. It's not especially acidic, until late when a rindy kick gives length and balance.
This tastes like Malmsbury.
From one acre of P58 clone on own roots planted on a NW/SE orientation. Soils are basalt with rusted basalt and quartz. The vineyard is dry grown and sits at 450 - 500m above sea level on a gentle north eastern facing slope. It's a rad spot.
The Rush Brothers vineyard is very astutely managed by John Rush who planted the vines in 1988.
Very gentle whole bunch pressing, manual operation, settled in stainless without addition then fermented in mostly older puncheon and barrique with one new Taransaud puncheon.
Long, slow ferment takes about 10 months to become dry.
Barrels are topped weekly to minimise the oxidative nature of sulphur free handling.
Bottled 12th of August 2019 with 0.025g/l SO2 total. Extended elevage is vital to stability and deliciousness when working with these very low sulphur levels, this wine having 12 months in oak, 6 months in stainless and a further 13 months rest under very good natural cork.