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2016 Bicknell FC Applecross Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

The personal Chardonnay label of one of the Yarra Valley's finest Chardonnay makers, Dave Bicknell of Oakridge Wines.

$42.00

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About The Wine

Dave Bicknell is one of Australia's most masterful exponents of Chardonnay.

His 2016 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.

It's an impeccable Yarra Valley Chardonnay - pure and unadulterated.

Tightly wound and gloriously complex, this is one of the best value premium Chardonnays from the Yarra Valley made by a master.

About Bicknell FC

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 emerging producers in the Yarra Valey.

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.

Dave and Nicole have their own vineyard in Gladysdale which has become the focal point of the brand.

Expect big things in their future.

Applecross Vineyard
Applecross Vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
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From The Producer

With better flowering conditions than the previous year and a netted vineyard, we were able to pick near perfect fruit at 3.7 t/Ha. The seasons’ warmer conditions led to harvesting 12 days earlier than 2015 on February 27th. Analysis at harvest was 12.2° baume, 3.2 pH and 8.0 g/L of acid. Ideal numbers.

After passively chilling the fruit overnight in a cool room, the wine was whole bunch pressed directly to 500 litre puncheons for fermentation. Fermentation occurred naturally and progressed to dryness over a three-week period. Once complete, the wine was sulphured on its fermentation lees, where it remained with monthly toppings until January 2017, when the vessels were blended into tank prior to bottling. Other than SO2, no additions were made to the wine.

270 dozen were bottled in February 2017

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

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Critic Reviews

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Those indefinable extras. For whatever reason this is a chardonnay with X-factor, though the execution seems so offhand that you keep diving in for another mouthful to see how the magic was achieved. It's a tough job but someone etc. In any case this chardonnay is pure, mouthwatering, creamy, laced with oyster shell and grapefruit flavour and primped with white peach. It's impressive from the outset but not in a wearying way; exactly the opposite. It's such a stylish wine. 270 dozen made." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

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Fabulous Yarra Chardonnay

Lovely Chard from Dave Bicknells own label. Seriously sophisticated.

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