Forrest Chardonnay 2015
Bright straw-yellow in color, the bouquet is seamless with aromas of delicious lemon pudding and stone fruit, framed with biscuity, mealy nuances. The palate has medium weight with a beautiful creamy mouth feel, balanced with vibrant acidity, exuding flavors of buttery pastry and an almond, pear tarte tatin, enveloped with subtle French oak. The wine has great length with the minerality lingering on the finish.
Vintage 2015 will be remembered as a very low cropping year – 40% down on the record 2014, or 20% below the longer term average. The grape vines recovery, from the larger previous vintage, resulted in a naturally smaller crop. This was accentuated by a cooler flowering period, which reduced berry fertilization, and a very hot dry year that limited vine vigor and berry size. For producers interested in quality over quantity, it was an ideal year. No need for expensive fruit thinning and less leaf plucking made for an easy growing season. Harvest was 7 – 10 days early, around 20th March, and was all wrapped up by the second week of April. Just as well as Easter, like 2014, again proved wet.
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