2021 Ravensworth Project C Reduction Chardonnay 1.5L

The Reductive Side of Bryan Martin's Tumbarumba Chardonnay Project. A constrained powerhouse, available in magnum only.

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In 2021 Bryan Martin at Ravensworth got his hands on a small batch of pristine Chardonnay from the excellent Johansen's vineyard in Tumbarumba that has long supplied superb fruit for wines such as Penfolds Yattarna.

And from this fruit he's made three different Chardonnay versions in his 'Project C', titled as Reduction, Oxidation and Skin-Contact, all only bottled in magnum.

The Reduction Chardonnay is the tightest, most wound-up, and crunchy of the three styles, as the fruit was protected from the air throughout the winemaking process. It's a piercing wine, with some initial aromatic wildness, then the quality of the fruit shines through, and it starts to glisten...

Give it some air, or time in the cellar.

We haven’t used much Chardonnay over the years, plenty of people doing great things around the country. However, chance, opportunity and a little bit of planning has us playing around with a batch from one of the best vineyards in the country.
The Johansen vineyard in Tumbarumba has quietly been producing high grown, cold climate Chardonnay that tends to end up in Penfolds Yattarna, you know, the white grange or something like that. We have been using other varieties like their Gamay and Pinot Gris for years.

Three batches of Chardonnay were made with the exact same fruit and utlised three different wine making techniques.

1: Reduction

Protect the juice and wine from oxygen by using a large format, very thick staved barrel and inert gas. Top up religiously, no racking, try and retain as much dissolved CO2 which helps crowd out the tiny amount is O2 trickling through the thick staves. Then use SO2 just prior to bottling, again to mop up any oxygen. This keeps the wine tight, unevolved, like a coiled spring.


Bryan Martin is one of the most creative and inquisitive winemakers we've ever met. After leaving his position as winemaker alongside Tim Kirk at Canberra regional flagbearer, Clonakilla, Bryan went full steam in on his own label Ravensworth, which has firmly hit cult status amongst collectors.

He and his wife Jocelyn have a beautiful property outside of Murrumbateman which is home to all of their excellent Estate wines and Bryan also searches surrounding vineyards and out to the Hilltops region to compile his excellent value Regional series of wines. Sustainability and an unwavering commitment to quality across the board underpin the entire operation at Ravensworth. Perhaps best known for his benchmark Shiraz Viognier and textural Rieslings, Bryan is also arguably the country's best producer of Sangiovese and is a true master of the dark art of skin-contact whites.

Bryan embodies everything we love about small artisanal Australian producers. He is humble, irreverent, committed to the pursuit of excellence and always looking to explore. Quite simply, if you see a Ravensworth wine anywhere, you should buy it.

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