As per all the 2021 Crudo releases, the Chardonnay comes off the Denton block, a northwest-facing slope of granitic sand over heavy granite boulders. As usual, this was whole-bunch pressed, wild-yeast fermented with no temperature control, saw full malo and old oak (2,000-litre French oak foudre), then zero fining or filtration and only minimal sulphur at bottling.
Luke calls his 2021 a “citrus and talc driven version that will unwrap with more texture over the next six months”. Stick or not, it’s already in the Lambert zone, glistening with the pristine, tangy vibrancy of this benign, cooler vintage.
- Yarra Valley