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(6) - 2016 Yankalilla Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia, 750ml
2016 Yankalilla Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia
Pale straw in color with green highlights, this Chardonnay shows lifted aromas of peach, pear, and citrus notes layered over a touch of oak. On the palate, crisp notes of lemon and lime are complemented by white peach, nutmeg, and a hint of toast.
Food Pairing: The layers of fruit and French oak influence make this Chardonnay ideal for pairing with butternut squash ravioli or cheeses such as mild cheddar.
Vineyards: Yankalilla - pronounced "Yoogalilla" - is a wine from South Eastern Australia. Bordered by the Great Dividing range on the east and the Pacific Ocean to the south, the South Eastern Australia appellation is Australia's most productive winegrowing region. Vintage 2016 delivered high yields in South Eastern Australia due to warmer than average temperatures and slightly less rainfall than usual. It is considered to be one of the best vintages Australia has ever seen. The Chardonnay vines for Yankalilla grow in alluvial red medium reserves during vintages such as 2016. Harvest begain in early February during the cool evenings. The Chardonnay was then cold-soaked, bag pressed, and received 2 months of gross lees contact. Fermentation in the presence of French oak as well as an additional two months of maturing in French oak barrels add layers of spice and roundness to this wine.