2022 Run Free by Singlefile Chardonnay
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The fruit was picked in pristine conditions early mornings in mid-March 2022. When the fruit arrived at the winery it was gently destemmed and pressed, the juice transferred directly into Burgundian 225l barriques and temperature controlled to ensure a slow fermentation process. Natural (wild) yeasts and cultured yeasts were used in different barrels, giving rise to the development of complex flavours and textural weight.
When the fermentation was complete the lees were stirred gently weekly until the desired balance between oak, lees complexity and fruit character was achieved. No malolactic fermentation was carried out with all the natural acidity preserved.
This 2022 chardonnay displays a bright, lifted bouquet of both lemon and stone fruits, such as peach. There is also an underlay of toasty spice derived from the oak. On the palate, the wine displays lively citrus flavours supported by funky barrel ferment characters which add complexity. There is a long flavoursome finish with a good balance of fruit, oak and natural acidity. This wine will develop further in bottle in the coming years.
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.