2023 Patrick Sullivan Baw Baw Chardonnay

Lo-fi organic Chardonnay farmed by Patrick Sullivan. A beautifully transparent expression.

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Patrick's Chardonnay comes from the volcanic soils of his Bull Swamp vineyard in the foothills of the Strezleki ranges, just south of Mount Baw Baw.

As with all of Patrick's wines, the vineyard is organically farmed and the winemaking strictly minimal intervention.

The resulting wine is a cracker. Crisp and pure with citrussy backbone, but with oodles of texture and toast and the slightest hint of salty oxidation.

Serious Chardonnay from one of Victoria's Chardy specialists.  Don't hesitate.

The Bullswamp Vineyard was planted in 1982 by the Farrington family at the very edge of the Warragul township. The Baw Baw Chardonnay comes from the youngest plantings – 25 years old – of Chardonnay (I10V1 clone) that we farm. Deep, rich volcanic soils nourish what are dry-grown grape vines and elevation is 100m. This section of the vineyard faces south, with moderate airflow and exposure, producing fruit-driven wine with depth and minerality.

A rich intertwined complex of flavour. Extremely mineral with understated power. Very precise character or lime, marmalade and a powerful minerality. Such a pleasure to drink with intense depth and persistence.

93 points, "Bold perfume meshing lime on apple, faint toasty elements, whiffs of hazelnut, preserved lemon, candied mixed citrus peel and light caramel notes. It has a delicacy and tension, green apple, citrus, elements of crushed rock and saline mineral notes yet again some caramel touches, honeyed popcorn and toast. A genial feel, even, flows well. Delicious." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Patrick Sullivan

The wild-haired Patrick Sullivan is a farmer first, a winemaker second.

His pride and joy is his vineyard in the Strzelecki Ranges in the Gippsland G.I. of Victoria. On this plot of land, Pat farms with organic principals alongside Bill Downie, one of the most revolutionary winemakers of his generation.

Bill takes the Pinot Noir from the vineyard, Pat takes the Chardonnay. The Chardonnay wines emerging from his cellar are some of the most exciting in the country. Addicted to volcanic soils and the power and energy that those soils bring to Chardonnay, Pat is amassing a formidable stable of Chardonnays that articulate a small slice of Australia's ancient terroir.

The wines are un-tinkered with, fermented in neutral vessels with little or no sulphur and are made to express their special site and the vagaries of vintage. In Pat's words, "The wines are inspired by emotion, a moment in time and a sense of place."

Pat Sullivan - Gippsland, VIC Patrick Sullivan

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