David Bicknell Oakridge Yarra Valley, VIC
Chardonnay’s in a very good place. There is high quality coming from multiple regions and producers. Good reason is being applied to high-quality grapes. I’d like to think we are starting to temper the needle back from ‘all about aromatics’ to ‘length and depth of palate’. In the end, purity of fruit is much harder to achieve than winemaking artefact, be it oak, sulphides, whatever. I’d personally like to see more purity, so hopefully that’s where we end up in another 10 years or so.
We know that not all sites are equal, so site will trump pretty much all the other bits. Clonal selection largely becomes irrelevant with vine age and careful cropping, so it’s a fairly simple hierarchy in my mind. Give me the real estate first. ☞