Wet windy conditions through the preceding winter and early spring lead to lower than average crops in 2017. A cool dry summer extended the growing season, with above average temperatures in autumn providing ideal ripening. The wines resulting from this unique season are elegant and gentle, with lovely fragrance and finely balanced tannins. The elevated natural acidity across all styles and varieties gives wines from this a freshness that makes them delicious now, but will also see them live for many years to come.
Every aspect of making this wine seeks to allow our unique vineyard characteristics to shine through, developing a complexity and texture that truly cool climate chardonnay fruit can carry so well. Carefully hand harvested from Delamere's oldest vines in the cool of the morning, the fruit is pressed directly into Burgundian coopered French 2500L fourdre. Partial malolactic fermentation and 10 months of lees stirring are an integral part of crafting this wine.
Opening with elegant citrus blossom, hints of stone fruit. The key to this wine is its ability to balance the taut acidity, white nectarine and citrus fruits, judicious use of oak and the savoury lees influence to create a complex and interesting wine that will age gracefully over the next 8-10 years.
Roast chicken with truffle butter, wild mushroom risotto with shaved pecorino, rabbit ravioli, leek and potato veloute.