JO’S WINEMAKING / VITICULTURE The fruit for the Laneway Chardonnay was grown in our vineyards in the Goulburn Valley, one hour’s drive north of Melbourne. This region has long, baking, sunny days and mild evening temperatures - perfect for the growing of great Chardonnay. The grapes were harvested during the cool of the night to maintain fruit freshness. The wine was barrel fermented in various parcels, with extended lees contact to build structure yet retain good fruit balance.
JO’S HARVEST NOTES The best way to describe vintage 2016 is fast & furious! There was no orderly ripening of fruit, no luxury of white fruit followed by red fruit, it was like the flood gates opened and everything just rolled in at once. Again we had little rain and a very hot spring leading up to harvest, which meant things ripened faster than normal. Optimum flavours and ripeness came on more quickly than previous years and the only way around it was to pick as fast as we could. Thankfully we worked our way through it, and the resulting quality is excellent.
JO’S WINE DESCRIPTION A rich and textual wine displaying lovely aromas of tropical fruits with a hint of apple and spice. The palate is mouth-filling and generous with excellent length and harmony carrying the fruit to a full clean finish. Lovely light oak balances and completes the picture. A marvellous wine match with any meal and is best served slightly chilled to allow the full texture of the wine to flourish.
JO’S FOOD MATCHES This wine is made with food in mind. Served in forward trending bars and cafes, this is a versatile, medium bodied wine that is perfect with modern street food, char-grilled calamari, spaghetti vongole or anything from the sea.
JO’S VINTAGE INFORMATION
Region: Goulburn Valley, Central Victoria Varietal: 100% Chardonnay Alcohol: 14% Best Consumed: 2018 - 2024