2020 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:
BRONZE Medal - 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards
90 Points: Halliday Wine Companion - Vinified and matured in 500L French oak puncheons, 30% new. A bright green gold. Nectarine and guava fruit aromas together with biscuity oak and a little cashew. Textured, layered and gently saline, this should continue to develop and become more complex over the next 3–5 years.
This is an incredibly fine and stylish expression of Yarra Valley Chardonnay. Soft hints of citrus, white-peach, brioche and nougat, follow 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.
The fruit was hand-picked, then meticulously sorted to select only the best bunches for gentle, whole-bunch, small batch pressing. The juice was cold-settled, before transferring to several, 500 litre French oak puncheons (30% new) for fermentation to dryness. Approximately 20% of the wine was also allowed to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was then matured in the puncheons for 10 months, before blending and bottling in May 2020.
Residual Sugar: 0.69g/L (dry)
Acidity: pH 3.09, Titratable Acidity 6.7g/L
Total Cases produced: 680 x 6 packs (750ml)
Harvest Date: 1st March 2020
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Oak: 100% French puncheons – 30% new