2021 Run Free by Singlefile Chardonnay
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
This Chardonnay was picked in pristine conditions in early March 2021. The fruit was destemmed and pressed, the juice transferred directly into French 225l barriques and temperature controlled to ensure a slow fermentation process with a mix of natural (wild) yeast and cultured yeasts which gave rise to the development of complex flavours and textural weight. Post-fermentation the lees were stirred gently weekly until the balance between oak, lees and fruit characters was achieved. No malolactic fermentation was carried out with all the natural acidity preserved. Bottled late September 2021.
The wine shows a lifted bouquet of stone fruit and citrus with an underlay of toasty spice. The palate displays nice citrus flavours supported by barrel ferment characters which add complexity and add to the long flavoursome finish.
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CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
4 stars, Winestate Magazine, New Release Wine Awards, May/June 2021
91 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jun 2019
91 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Jan 2017
95 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2016
91 points, Ray Jordan, The West Australian, Feb 2016
'Top Value', Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Feb 2016
4 Stars, Winewise Magazine, Nov 2015
Wine supplied by Singlefile as guest panelist for their new release. It was delicious and is thus highlighted.