2020 Les Fruits Cassie Chardonnay

Slowly-fermented, super-textural Adelaide Hills Chardonnay with so much character.

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Tiny production (like two barrels) Adelaide Hills Chardonnay with fruit sourced from the cool altitude vineyards of Ashton in Piccadilly.

Fermentation in barrel took many months to complete, which is the opposite of commercial wine fast-food speed ferments. Then 12 months on lees in these two barriques.

There's a great build-up of creamy, smokey, minerally characters in an intense, slightly offbeat Chardonnay experience.

3/4rds of a tonne of mixed clone Chardonnay from David Freschi high up at Ashton on the first ridge of the hills. Whole bunch pressed and fermented in 2 old barriques. The primary ferment stopped in late Autumn and didn’t complete until December.

Brilliant yellow straw colour with a hint of youthful green. Complex nose but also restrained. Yellow and orange citrus, fresh cut quince and apple, dried white and yellow flowers, gentle spice, freshly almond meal plus a nice mineral freshness from the site. The palate is softer than the nose belies and shows more of the characters of the extended fermentation and 12 months in barrel on lees. Sweet lemon, pithy yellow nectarine, tending orange skinned citrus on the finish. Dried cream, vanilla spice and crème patissiere. Super textural, first with sheer concentration of flavour and finally pithy phenolics. Looooong and satisfying.
A worthy stable mate to the blessed Rudy.

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 13%
Closure: 750ml
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92 Points - "Casa Freschi vineyard here in Ashton, organically farmed. A mix of clones including chardonnay musque. Two barriques made.

Slippery, slightly pithy textured, green olives, brine, green apple, lightest smoky mineral notes in the mix. Good flow, even, long and fine, super limey acidity and lots more of that talc-struck slate mineral character to finish, with a little bitterness finishing things of. Decent drinking here." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

92 Points - "Slippery, slightly pithy textured, green olives, brine, green apple, lightest smoky mineral notes in the mix. Good flow, even, long and fine, super limey acidity and lots more of that talc-struck slate mineral character to finish, with a little bitterness finishing things off. Decent drinking here." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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