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Chardonnay 2018
Mandala Wines
Region: Yarra Valley
Country:Australia
Tasting Notes

Pale yellow in the glass. Fresh aromas of crisp lime entwine with hints of cashew and brioche, finishing with flinty oyster-shell characters. A creamy mid-palate sits well with citrus and subtle stone fruit flavours, balanced with seductive French oak and balanced acidity.
Varieties

Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted, with the most highly-regarded expressions of the variety coming from Burgundy and California. Climate plays a major role in dictating which fruit flavours a Chardonnay will have. Broadly speaking, warm regions such as California tend to give more tropical styles. While many Chardonnays have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety’s intrinsic qualities. Malolactic fermentation gives distinctive buttery aromas. Fermentation and/or maturation in oak barrels contributes notes of vanilla, smoke and hints of sweet spices such as clove and cinnamon. Extended lees contact while in barrel imparts biscuity, doughy flavours.
Region

The Yarra Valley is a well-respected Australian wine region which occupies the eastern half of the Port Phillip viticultural zone in the diminutive state of Victoria. One of Australia’s oldest and most celebrated wine regions, the earliest Yarra Valley vineyards were planted in 1838. The climate here is amongst the coolest of any Australian wine region, partly due to elevation—which reaches 500masl—but mostly due to the hilly topography, which creates shadows, shelter and heat sink.
Vineyard

The Dixon Creek vineyard is the homestead for Madala. The 104 acre vineyard averages elevations of 125-160 masl. Comprised of clay loam soil, the vines, averaging 25 years, are hand-pruned, hand-harvested and low yield.
Winemaking

Grapes are hand-harvested and fermented via indigenous yeasts in a combination of older French oak and stainless steel tanks. Unfined, un-filtered.

Wine Type: White

Variety: Chardonnay

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Appellation: Yarra Valley

Gradient: 125-160 masl

Soil: Clay loam

Farming Practices: Sustainable

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Residual Sugar:

Alcohol: 13.2

Malolactic:

Botte Size: 750 ml

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Other Practices: Sustainable