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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Pyramids Road Barrel Ferment Chardonnay 2018

Warren and Suzanne Smith are good sorts, plying their trade down in Wyberba toward the Granite Belt's southern edge - in fact their cellar door is only some 13KMs from the border.

Fruit comes from Bungawarra. Half underwent wild yeast fermentation, and three-quarters (three barrels) through malo. Of the four barrels in total, one new French, one second fill French and two older French barrels. 

That barrel Ferment character evident on the nose, toasty hints augment a citrus and Quince tinged nose. A substantive palate presence, texture and a fine minerality. 

Evidence of a hint of oak on the palate too, vanilla creme and the aforementioned minerality. It's a wine of complexity, layered, with depth and reach. There's some bloody good Chardonnay in the region, this no exception. 92

Tasted on: Wednesday 10th July, a Root to Flower day 
Source: Cellar Door
Price: $40
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap

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