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2021 Timbervines Chardonnay


Our Timbervines Chardonnay block of only 3 acres was planted in 1972 on the red volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill and continuously produces high quality concentrated fruit with a distinct lime acid backbone. Naturally fermented on full solids in 1-2year old puncheons, this modern Australian chardonnay shows the perfect balance of subtle oak, texture, elegant fruit, and long acidity.

Growing Season

With much welcomed spring rain in 2020 we saw excellent canopy balance through all vineyards for our 2021 vintage. A mild summer allowed for excellent acid retention and a long ripening period resulting in elegant fruit character and seamless acid balance in white wines coming from 2021.


Timbervines vineyard is located on the red volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill. These old vines were planted in 1972 to Mendoza clonal plantings, we typically see a richer style of chardonnay off these 3 Acres with mid palate texture, fruit generosity and line and length.


The wine is wild fermented, on full solids in 80% new French Oak and 20% one 1yr old oak puncheons. We lees stir this wine once a week for 9 months to build mid pallet richness, the wine undergoes no MLF to retain acidity and balance texture.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a lovely balance of savoury aromas and macadamia nut from the indigenous yeasts and time on solids. The palate is rich with white stone fruits and grapefruit, whilst subtle oak provides a bacon fat complexity to the palate.


Wine Composition

pH                                                      3.37

Titratable Acidity               7.2g/L

Alcohol                                              12.0%

Residual Sugar                                  < 1g/L

Vine Age

50 years

Food Match

Wild mushroom risotto with parmesan reggiano and black truffle

Cellaring Potential

10 + years