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2018 Cobaw Ridge Skin Contact Chardonnay

Macedon Ranges, VIC

One of Australia's most elite skin contact Chardonnays. A portion spent an incredible 737 days on skins. It was worth the wait.

$58.00

About
This is such a great wine.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Cobaw Ridge has a long history with Chardonnay. They have been making some of the region's best examples for decades.

Here's a new iteration of the grape. This is one of the more ambitious amber wines ever attempted in Australia and it's a wildly successful one at that.

The wine was made in two components. The first was fermented on skins for three weeks and left to age in barrel for two years, the second component was on skins for an incredible 737 days before pressing.

The wine that has finally emerged is one of immense power and detail. It's the first release and it jumps straight to the front of the line for best examples of orange wine in the country. It's a brilliant, complex Chardonnay in a unique lane.

About Cobaw Ridge

Cobaw Ridge was established in 1985 by Alan and Nelly Cooper in the Macedon Ranges.

This estate is the only certified organic and biodynamic producer in the region. Alan firmly believes that great wines are made in the vineyard. The vines come first at Cobaw Ridge. They grow excellent examples of Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Australia's most sought-after example of Lagrein.

Over the years Alan's winemaking approach has become more and more minimalist. With sulphur now the only addition in the winery and Alan using more inert vessels such as Qvevri, the Cobaw Ridge Wines have never looked better.

Nelly and Alan Cooper
Nelly and Alan Cooper
Macedon Ranges, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

One half fermented on skins prior to pressing after 3 weeks and then matured in old oak for 2 years. The second portion left on skins for a total of 737 days prior to draining and blending with the first. Zero additions or fining/filtration just (a tiny amount) sulphur prior to bottling.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Vigneron Alan Cooper
Vigneron Alan Cooper
Macedon Ranges, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
The Wine Front

"Chardonnay off the wonderful, biodynamic vines of stalwart Macedon Ranges producer Cobaw Ridge. Always character filled wines, here’s a new release, an orange wine. Half of the ferment is left on skins for three weeks, the other half of the ferment is on skins for…737 days!! Yowsers! I thought the wine would be wildly tannic, and sure, there’s lots of pucker and chew, but its seamless, you could almost say pretty. It’s perfumed and squeaky in texture, lightly fuzzy in appley fruit flavours, scents of flowers, dried and fresh. It suggests words like complex, intensity, freshness and poise. If anything, it feels more textural white than orange wine, with fine, superb tannins the calling card. This is such a great wine. Ticks all the goodness boxes. And darn, is it good drinking." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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