Bond Road Chardonnay
Coonawarra has one of the longest growing seasons for Chardonnay in the world, allowing the fruit to develop and ripen slowly, with sufficient natural acidity for palate balance.
The finest parcels of fruit from the vineyard adjacent to Bond Road on the Wilgha property in Coonawarra were selected for inclusion in the Bond Road Coonawarra Chardonnay.
Fermented in French oak hogsheads, where it remains on yeast lees for six months, this Coonawarra Chardonnay has a complex palate with fresh, vibrant green apple, pear, melon and nectarine primary fruit flavours. A small portion of the wine is encouraged to undergo malo-lactic fermentation, which adds softness to the mouth-feel and a slight buttery note to the nose and palate.
The resulting Hollick Coonawarra Bond Road Chardonnay is complex and restrained, with a crisp acid finish, making it an ideal match for lobster and smoked salmon. This wine was previously referred to as the Reserve Chardonnay due to its complex characteristics.
2013 Vintage Reviews
'Ambiguously '8 months partial barrel fermentation in new French oak'. Whatever that means, the wine has good balance, length and mouthfeel, with clear-cut stone fruit flavours, the oak subtle and well intergrated.'