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2017 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.

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$45.00

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About

About The Wine

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

The 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.

The vineyard in Gladysdale
The vineyard in Gladysdale
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Back to a more normal vintage after the warmer, early 2016 vintage. With an almost identical crop load of 3.7 t/Ha, harvest took place 20 days later than in 2016 on March 19th. Analysis at harvest was 11.9° baume, 3.23 pH and 7.0 g/L of acid. Almost ideal numbers.

After passively chilling the fruit overnight in a cool room, the wine was whole bunch pressed directly to 500 litre puncheons (3-6yrs old) 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 2018, when the vessels were blended into tank prior to bottling. Other than SO2, no additions were made to the wine.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Dave Bicknell
Winemaker Dave Bicknell
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"An exceptionally stylish chardonnay with a pungent minerality its calling card; flavour and complexity its birth right. Stone fruit notes are ripe enough with an edge of elbow and shin, before a creamy curl of nougat and subtle oak melds effortlessly. The finish is scintillating: long, refined and brimming with an energy that demands another glass. Drink by 2025." - Ned Goodwin (James Halliday Wine Companion

97Points
James Suckling

"This is a small project between winemaker, David Bicknell and viticulturalist, Nicky Harris. A very complex, pure chardonnay, this offers fresh lemon and white peach, as well as nectarine, with a subtle, glossy edge. Oak and winemaking-derived complexity, all deeply bedded in, with some light flint and savory-pastry notes, too. The palate has a seamless textural quality with lemon, grapefruit, peach and green mango on offer. The elegance and depth here are stunning. Hazelnut finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

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