Animale Chardonnay 2021
From the Lower Yarra Valley.
This comes from the Highbow vineyard, beautiful old I10V1 and P58 clones. It's a south-facing slope of light-brown duplex clay loams in the Dixons Creek subregion. The fruit was picked early to achieve a citrus profile with lightness, freshness and smacking acidity. It was pressed directly to a mixture of old French puncheons and hogsheads with full solids. After a natural fermentation the wine was then topped, chilled lightly and left without sulphur until two weeks before bottling. No fining or filtration.