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Dave Bicknell is one of Australia's most masterful exponents of Chardonnay. His 2015 Bicknell FC Chardonnay was grown on a single vineyard in the upper reaches of the Yarra Valley, a site which is now leased by Dave and wife Nicky. In classic Bicknell style, MLF was prevented in this wine, Dave looking for the max amount of tension to be retained in this Chardonnay. The impeccable fruit yielded by the 2015 vintage on full display - pure and unadulterated. Tightly wound and gloriously complex, this is one of the best value premium Chardonnays from the 2015 vintage in the Yarra Valley.
What it Tastes Like
White peach, puff of smoke, hint of oyster shell. Laser focused through the mouth. Cuts a clean line on glassy acidity with licks of lees funk lapping along the way. Has flavour and concentration but it's controlled the whole way through. Great stuff. Excellent Yarra Chardonnay here.
March 12th harvest. A yield of 2.2 t/Ha with both poor flowering and birds playing their part. Whole bunch pressed and fermented in a mix of used puncheons, the newest from 2012. Malo lactic fermentation blocked with sulphur, which is the only addition made to the wine. Matured sur lie for 10 months before blending and bottling. Released in March 2017.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2025
About the Producer
With the title as James Halliday’s Best New Winery in 2016 and a swathe of whopping reviews, Bicknell FC is one of the most exciting new producers in the country. Led by the husband-and-wife team of David Bicknell and Nicole Harris, Bicknell FC’s focus is entirely on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - both sourced from premium vineyards in the Yarra Valley.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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