The Crudo Chardonnay comes off the Denton block, a northwest-facing slope of granitic sand over heavy granite boulders. Luke Lambert notes the Denton soils and aspect bring a clean acid line and intense freshness to this wine. This was whole bunch pressed, without any skin contact this year. Otherwise the story, as they say, remains the same: wild yeast fermentation, full malo, old oak, no temperature control, zero fining or filtration, only minimal sulphur at bottling, and large (2,000-litre) French oak foudre for maturation. Superb for the price point, expect a generous dollop of peachy fruit, solidsy complexity and fabulous freshness to close. Yum!
- Yarra Valley