2021 Centare Vineyard Old Block Chardonnay
Centare Vineyard is located in the heart of the Yarra Valley, Australia’s most prestigious, cool-climate wine region, renowned for producing some of the most exceptional, varietal wines in the world.
The ‘Old Block’ range of wines are single vineyard wines, made entirely from original estate vineyards that were planted to the region’s most classic varieties in 1998.
Yarra Valley Chardonnay is truly world-class, and Centare Vineyard Chardonnay is one of the best in the region.
Awards & Reviews:
GOLD MEDAL 95 points - Yarra Valley Wine Show 2022
SILVER MEDAL - 2023 Decanter World Wine Awards
93 Points - 2024 Halliday Wine Companion
This is a fine and delicately stylish expression of Yarra Valley Chardonnay. Soft hints of citrus, white-peach, brioche and nougat oaky notes and a crystalline palate with beautiful acid focus and flavour drive. A beautiful wine on release, that will develop further complexity and texture with at least five to ten years of bottle age.
Fruit was hand-picked and meticulously sorted to select only the best bunches for gentle, whole-bunch, small batch pressing. Juice was cold-settled, before transferring to several, 500 litre French oak puncheons (20% new) for wild fermentation to dryness.
Approximately 20% of the wine was also allowed to complete malolactic fermentation and was matured in the puncheons for 10 months, before blending and bottling in March 2022.
2021 was dream Yarra Valley vintage, with almost ideal weather conditions throughout the entire season, leading to very healthy canopies and generous crops of beautiful fruit.
The season was generally mild and sunny, with very well-timed rain events for low disease pressure, good soil moisture and minimal requirement for supplementary irrigation. The season was long, allowing slow, steady and full ripening for maximum character intensity.
The 2021 Centare Vineyard Old Block wines are stunning, with a unique freshness and intensity of perfectly ripe aromas, flavours, palate weight, focus and tannin structure – the best yet!
Harvest Date: 26th February 2021
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Oak: 100% French puncheons - 20% new
Acidity: pH 3.11, Titratable Acidity 6.8g/L
Total Cases produced: 599 x 6 packs (750ml)