Greenhough Hope Vineyard Chardonnay – “Produced from two organically grown parcels, this Chardonnay can take months to ferment in barrel as wild yeast slowly transform the sticky grape juice into a delicate white wine that has subtle nectarine fruit flavours and savoury nutty characters. It is a beautifully constructed wine, offering density of fruit within a delicate frame; a fine line of acidity sews up the outfit.” Rebecca Gibb MW
Greenhough Hope Chardonnay 2016 – “This is an elegantly concentrated Chardonnay with sweetly rich stonefruit flavours, creamy and nutty oak and buttery MLF, with good proportion and linearity and very fine textures.” 18.5/20 Raymond Chan
Hope Vineyard Chardonnay is made from the intensely-flavoured, high acid Mendoza clone grown in the Winery and Road Blocks, 11 and 20 years old respectively. These have been managed organically since 2008 and are fully BioGro certified. Fruit is hand harvested and whole bunch pressed to tank where it is very briefly settled before racking to French oak barriques. Indigenous (wild yeast) fermentation begins within 3-5 days and completes over a period of months, some barrels sooner. Yeast lees are stirred several time per month during the first winter. This vintage remained in barrel on full yeast lees for 16 months during which time malolactic fermentation completed.
The Mendoza clone provides this wine with excellent concentration and structure which has been modulated and enriched by the winemaking process. Typical of the Hope Chardonnay, this wine expresses ripe citrus fruit aromas and flavours. Malo character is not overt but softens acidity and contributes to palate richness. Lower impact oak is selected to support and harmonise with the fruit. There is a purity and vivacity which we are at pains to preserve throughout, at the same time building palate texture and complexity. The goal is to allow the restrained elegance and energy of this wine to express.