Usual Suspects | 2017 Chardonnay release
Thank you to all who attended our Usual Suspects event last Thursday.
It was good fun, so much so that we forgot to take any photos! We had a great crowd of 30, made up of our Usual Suspects, our winemaker Stuart Pym, our vineyard managers Carl and Aaron and a few small winery tour operators. From all reports, everyone enjoyed our laidback approach and we loved that a few stayed on watching the sunset with a bottle of 2017 Chardonnay as we cleaned up.
This was the first time that we had lined up all our past vintages and it was great to see how consistent they were over the years. All the wines have been made by Stuart in the same way, using the same barrel styles, and all had between 25% and 30% new oak.
The favourites were 2012, 2014 and 2016, with the wines getting richer and more complex as they aged. While the 2017 has only just been released and is still settling, it looks very similar to 2016 and tastes great. Our first wine, the 2011 vintage, is just starting to lose its fruit and become a little harder, but it is still drinking well.
Based on our very informal tasting, I think the answer to the question “how long will our Chardonnay last?”, is still open, but at least 7 years. However, if anyone is still sitting on some 2011 Chardonnay, now would be a good time to drink it and restock with the 2017 vintage (available online and at Cellar Door).
We will do a similar event later in the year with some of our reds, so join up as a Usual Suspect and keep an eye out for the invitation. Look forward to seeing you at the next one!
David Martin, Owner