2022 Renzaglia Chardonnay

Lovely cool-climate Chardonnay from one of NSW's rising star producers.

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Sam Renzaglia has a very deft hand with Chardonnay.

This is quintessential cool-climate Chardonnay, all about freshness and linear drive.

The winemaking is very straightforward, every effort taken to get out of the way of the beautiful fruit that is on display here. It's not an overt, flashy Chardonnay but it's certainly stylish and very good to drink.

93 points
"This is wicked drinking, so fresh and crisp... It’s refreshing and oh so wonderfully easy to get into, but has plenty going on."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

WINEMAKING NOTES
Made from fruit sourced from the See Saw Balmoral Vineyard in Orange, the fruit was picked early in the morning prior to one of the substantial weather fronts that was typical of the 2022 vintage. Settled juice was barrel fermented by wild yeasts in a mixture of 20% new and the remainder, old barriques and a single puncheon with ferment temperatures topping out around 26 degrees C. Post primary fermentation each barrel was treated individually, most went through a full malo lactic fermentation and one was stopped prior to completing MLF to retain some tension in the wine. Many barrels were not sulphured until the Spring. The wines were all held on full fermentation lees and stirring was also done barrel to barrel, we have pulled back on the amount we in recent years. Wines were taken out of barrel and blended to tank in February 2023 taking some fine lees along. The blended wine was then held in tank for a further 6 months prior to a light filtration and bottling in late September 2023.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Alcohol: 12.3

pH: 3.25

Malic Acid: 0.34g/L

Bottles made: 1428

93 points - "This is wicked drinking, so fresh and crisp, clean lines and minerally, all green apple, just ripe pineapple and lime with a faint green almond and green olive note woven through. Delightful in its cooler, lighter frame, zingy and brisk with a trail of talc-like mineral character through the finish. It’s refreshing and oh so wonderfully easy to get into, but has plenty going on." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Renzaglia

In 1982, defying the odds, Guy and Betty Renzaglia planted Illinois' first vines in Alto Pass.

Their son Mark joined the fight, later establishing Bella Luna vineyard in Australia's untouched O'Connell Valley with his wife Sandy. Today, their son Sam carries the torch, expanding Bella Luna while prioritizing a healthy ecosystem.

Through composting, cover crops, and respecting native fauna, they craft exceptional wines while fostering a thriving environment for generations to come.

Mark, Sandy & Sam Renzaglia Renzaglia

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