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2016 Picardy Chardonnay

Pemberton, WA

Lavish and creamy Chardonnay from a cult WA producer.

$38.00

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Categories: $35 - $50, Chardonnay, Picardy, WA
About
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Very ‘white Burgundy’ in style. Great release.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Picardy Chardonnay stands as a flagbearer for the fuller figured Chardonnays of old.

It's been a constant search for the Pannell Family to find the balance of lavish texture and restraint at Picardy, regardless of the style of Chardonnay that is in vogue at the time.

It's made to be luscious and packed with flavour, unapologetically curvaceous and impossibly moreish. If you yearn for the days when Chardonnay was ripe and creamy, the Picardy Chardonnay will take you back there in very classy fashion.

With 95 points from Gary Walsh, this is another great release from the much-loved WA estate.

Picardy owner, Bill Pannell
Picardy owner, Bill Pannell
Pemberton, WA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Very fine grapefruit and white peach, nougat and flowers. Glossy and smooth feel, more of that nougat and flat-out delicious Chardonnay flavour, with cool acidity and sweet lemon playing out on a long tight finish. So lovely. So composed. Very ‘white Burgundy’ in style. Great release." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Chardonnay

Picardy Chardonnay is made from equal portions of the four preferred clones 76, 95, 96 and 277(selected by the University of Dijon) to achieve complexity.

The Pannells are looking towards the great white wines of the old world for inspiration and look to make a Chardonnay with floral characters, citrus fruits and minerality with good structure and texture.

Excellent fruit intensity, structure, pH to acid relationship and fine-grained tannins guarantee long life and excellent bottle development. The wines are also very approachable in their early years.

In the Vineyard

The Chardonnay vines carry a maximum of 7 tonnes per hectare, excess fruit being hand-crop thinned at veraison. In order to achieve low yields the vineyard is non-irrigated and cane pruned. Picking time for the Chardonnay is usually around early March. The fruit is ripened to approximately 12° baume, but this is not recipe winemaking and fruit flavour ultimately determines picking dates. The fruit is then handpicked and transported to the winery (only 200 metres away) on the Picardy estate.

In the Winery

In the winery approximately 40% of the Chardonnay is whole bunch pressed and the remainder is destemmed and then pressed. The juice is settled for 48 hours before being racked and the fermentation is then commenced in tank using two different yeast strains to give fruit complexity and texture. Shortly thereafter the wine is racked to a blend of new to four year old French oak barriques to complete fermentation.

While in oak the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. During this period they are lees stirred once per week. Each barrel is checked and topped up weekly. After about 10 months in oak the wine is racked out of barrel to tank and then given a gentle filtration on its way to bottle.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

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Bird's-eye-view of the beautiful Picardy vineyard
Pemberton, WA
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