The Barons Ricasoli have occupied Brolio for the 10 centuries since they established it in 1141, and during this time they have shaped the history of the Chianti Classico territory and its wines. Today, Barone Ricasoli, is the fourth oldest company in the world still run by its founding family and the first in Italy in the field of wine. It is the largest estate inside the Chianti Classico appellation, possessing 250 hectares planted to vine.
This Chardonnay matures in brand new stainless steel vats at perfectly controlled temperatures. The harvests are completely de-stemmed and a traditional method of vinification is employed. The maceration is long, (three to four weeks) resulting in the softening of the tannins. 80% of the Chardonnay come from Pays d’Oc for the the roundness and the exotic fruits; and 20% from the Loire valley for the minerality and floral notes of the Chardonnay. The wine is vinified in stainless steel tank and no oak is involved in order to keep the freshness of the ripe chardonnay grapes.
Only three of Tyrrell’s own vineyards are ever used for Vat 47 the HVD (Hunter Valley Distillery), the New Vine Cuttings and the Short Flat vineyards. The oldest vines were planted in 1908. The VAT 47 has a wonderful core of sweet chardonnay fruit with subtle underlying oak giving the wine lift and structure with a clean, fresh acid finish. Over a decade old but utterly stunning!
A 0.8Ha plot. Basket pressed after a native ferment into a total of just three barriques, rather than the usual twelve, one of which was new. Despite the tiny crop, the Vrede 2019 is a Chardonnay chock full of character, offering up notes of lime and ginger, citrus and floral, heady fruit, reminiscent of a very high quality Pfalz or Rheinhessen Riesling. A core of bright, zesty acidity makes it incredibly moreish. This is new world sunshine delivered with a bit of zing, or as Hannes says, “a big wine in a small package!”. Just 890bts were produced and as such availability is very limited.
Based in the cool Hemel-en-Aarde valley, Hannes Storm and his team craft finely tuned, site-specific wines from each of the sub-regions of the valley. Vrede is a stony, shale and clay based vineyard in the lower part of the valley, abutting the vineyards of Hamilton Russell, where Hannes was head winemaker for twelve years. Ignis is located in the upper valley and planted to decomposed granite, while Ridge is at the highest elevation, in the aptly named Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, where the soils are similar to Vrede in being low-vigour clay and shale.
A respected viticulturist, Hannes has planted and consulted on many of the top sites in the valley over the years and saw his breakaway as an opportunity to develop his own Burgundian-inspired wines in a more natural, hands-off way. As such, he is proud to work with only estate grown fruit, which he ferments naturally in small batches with no additions, before aging in top quality French barrique with a maximum of 25-30% new oak across the range.
Notes of citrus, toasted almond and apple. The palate is focused and bright, with hints of grapefruit, nectarine and peach. The acidity is firm and linear, giving backbone to the soft orchard-fruit core and carrying through to a long fragrant finish.
Ripe aromas of flowers, peach and melon. This is a great blend where the Garganega provides the back-bone and the Chardonnay provides the intensity.
This is a wine with a naturally fresh mineral and crisp palate. A majestic mid palate continues with a crisp and lingering after taste of lime and pink grapefruit.
Beautifully integrated tropical flavours such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavours delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout.
Juicy sweet peach and pear stone fruits flood the palate, while lemon and grapefruit play a supporting role alongside a subtle creaminess on the finish.
Wirra Wirra Estate has been certified Organic and Biodynamic since 2013.