2021 Smalltown Vineyards 'The Next Big Thing' Chardonnay

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2021  Smalltown Vineyards 'The Next Big Thing' Chardonnay
Demand for good Aussie Chardonnay is on the rise again! The label reflects word-of-mouth with a bunch of hipster types sharing the news of the next big thing, a real vineyard find, proper stuff with bags of varietal appeal but lovely texture too.
Aussie chardonnay has made a comeback... and this is a cracking wine to start the revolution!

Tasting Notes

With the faintest whiff of biscuity oak this bright, tangy Barossa Chardonnay is an absolute delight. It has that classical Barossa charm, elegance, poise, tang and naggingly more-ish elusive something-or-other which makes one wonder why there isn't more Australian Chardonnay.  

Production

Grapes are hand-harvested from an old block on the Binder family Barossa vineyards. 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.

Producer

Smalltown Vineyards express many of the Barossa’s prized districts form Gomersal, Kalimna as well as the Eden Valley and beyond. We work with exceptional vineyards simply expressed using minimal intervention, basket press where relevant, natural ferments in open-top fermenters to best capture the Barossa’s magical flavours. We have a lot of fun with labels because, well because we can. It’s only wine after all…

A note about Sustainability

As of the 1st July, 2019, Australia changed from its previous sustainable programme called EntWine to Sustainable Winegrowing Australia. Smalltown Vineyards is a participant in this programme, which assists with tools and resources to enhance business sustainability, meeting customer sustainability requirements and sustainability claims made by participants.

Specifications

Year 2021
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
Country Australia
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.8 units
Type White Wine
Cellaring Potential Awaiting info
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Anything with chicken, pork, prawns, seafood... Brilliant as a quaffer or perfect with a lovingly cooked meal.
Origin South Australia
Appellation Barossa Valley