FARM to TABLE 2019 Chardonnay
Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, Australia
The Fowles family is very committed to ethical and sustainable viticultural practices, as well as hunting and living off the 800 acre expanse they occupy in this remote region, Matt Fowles launched the Farm to Table range of wines to help promote this deep connection to the land.
All of the fruit is sourced from Fowles estate vineyards in the super cool-climate Strathbogie Ranges of Central Victoria at an elevation of over 1600 feet. The Chardonnay was harvested during the cool of the evening to ensure fruit temperature is low to preserve primary fruit flavors.
Vintage Comments: 2019 was our lowest yielding year on record. Another warm, dry year which produced very good wines across whites and reds. Windy conditions during flowering resulted in low yields. These low yields meant that fruit quality was excellent and natural acidity remained high, perfect for making fine wine
A significant portion of this wine was matured in French oak puncheons which are normally reserved for only our finest wines. The low yields creating a small blend of this wine means the percentage coming from stainless steel tanks is relatively small. This wine shows a richness and complexity way beyond its station!
PH 3.39 T/A 5.9 g/L Alc 13.5%
90 points – James Suckling