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The Next Big Thing Chardonnay (AUSTRALIA)

Country: Australia
Region: Barossa Valley
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Producer: Magpie Estate
ABV: 13%

• Bright, tangy, lemon flavours
• Vanilla and biscuit-y oak
• More-ish and elegant

Magpie Estate is a joint venture, which began in 1993, between famous Barossa winemaker Rolf Binder and English wine merchant Noel Young. Both Rolf and Noel have a passion for Rhone varietals. The fruit comes from 15 long-favoured sites in the premium Northern drawing on Rolf’s deep understanding of the Barossa.

Small batches of Chardonnay are picked and pressed through a tank press with some skin contact. 25% is fermented in French puncheons and American hogsheads for 6 months, aged on lees then blended with the 75% unoaked juice, settled and bottled.

Into the main Barossa blend a small component of Eden Valley Chardonnay is blended and the whole sees a tiny bit of secondary use oak for some fine structure.