The BoB Chardonnay has a complex nose of hazelnut, stonefruit skins and the merest hint of shotgun. The palate shows white stone fruit and some citrus characters. It is a medium-bodied full favoured delicious wine.
We had a very early start to vintage in 2015, with generally mild conditions throughout. We had only a handful of hot days, which allowed natural acids to develop nicely. This was a very short, sharp vintage, with most winemakers finishing their vintage well before Easter. Yields were down, somewhere between 10 and 30% depending on variety. Joch’s take on the whole affair? ‘Fast, early and pretty’.
Fancy winemaking for our Bosworth Chardonnay; pressed straight to the very best French barrels from a variety of coopers, all of them expensive. The wine goes through a natural ferment; that is we don’t seed it with any commercial yeast but rely upon the natural yeast from the vineyard to start the process. The wine stays on high solids (sur lie) which helps to add subtle textural characters. High solids means we don’t rack off the old yeast cells but allow the wine to sit there in and amongst them.
Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Campbell Mattinson
It does it everything it can to produce a flavoursome-but-fine white wine. There's a touch of flint to the hit of tinned pineapple; there are oatmeal characters threaded through yellow stone fruit. In the end, truth is, it's quite delicious.
Rating 91 points
Vineyards: Denton's and Chanticleer
Picking Date: 9th February 2015
Bottling Date: 16th September 2015