2016 Liv Zak Chardonnay
Winemakers: Liv Zak & Ben Haines
Tight, long and refreshingly tart, yet with the generous flow and drive of juicy stone fruit and citrus. Floral, nutty and creamy in texture, the palate is underpinned by purity and minerality, Light, nimble, textural and full of potential.
What defines your style of chardonnay?
It is driven by four elements – flavour, texture, balance and freshness. Thoughtful site and clonal selection, and precise harvest timings are key in capturing bright acidity and flavour intensity. This natural balance affords texture and further character to be built through natural fermentation in barrel and time on lees.
What techniques do you use for this wine?
Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed, and racked with solids to barrel, the juice was left in barrel to ferment naturally, and aged on full-lees for eight months with occasional stirring. It was blended and bottled without fining or filtering, so may have a subtle cloudy appearance.