Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay
PRODUCER: Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia’s most reputable wine labels. It was founded by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors, Tony Albert, John Beeston and James Halliday, who paid a then record price of $970 per acre for a 10-acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block was destined to be a cricket ground for the local community but was instead planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The first vintage was picked in 1973 and while none of the original partners claimed to know anything about viticulture, the wine received praise, and attracted a loyal following from the first vintage.
WINEMAKING: Whole bunch pressing, wild ferment in new French oak have come together in spectacular fashion. This Indigo Chardonnay by Brokenwood was fermented in 30% new French oak and the balance older, from a variety of cooperages.
TASTING NOTE: Careful winemaking and a very hands-off approach has resulted in a perfect green tinted yellow colour. An excellent complexity on the nose and palate, nutty elements are evident with a distinctive Beechworth ‘oat meal’ lift. This wine has character and long grapefruit flavours with a tropical acidity.