Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of cool-climate Australian Chardonnay (Victoria and Tasmania).
Fowles Wine vineyards and winery are located in the dramatic granite landscape of Strathbogie Ranges region of Victoria, Australia. Fowles Wine crafts some of Australia’s finest cool climate wines, winning many of Australia’s most prestigious wine medals and trophies. The Fowles Wine team is energetic and enterprising, continuing to break new ground by proudly taking the Strathbogie Ranges ‘message in a bottle’ to the world with some of Australia’s most exciting wines.
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Home to Fowles Wine vineyards and winery, the Strathbogie Ranges is characterised by massive granite boulders – the very boulders that have given rise, over millions of years, to the sandy loam soils in which our vines grow. This is a harsh Australian landscape with soil that is nutrient poor and retains very little water – difficult for farmers to grow livestock, but a wonderful landscape for grape growers seeking to grow fruit with great intensity. Couple these attributes with the cool climate, gentle aspect and glorious summer sunshine and the Strathbogie Ranges is an ideal region for growing grapes and making wine.
The fruit for this wine comes from their vineyards in the Strathbogie Ranges and was harvested in the evening on the 25 of February. The choice to harvest at night – in those cooler hours – is done to ensure that the fruit temperature remains low thus preserving primary fruit flavours that are integral to the character of this wine. This wine is 100% barrel fermented, the majority in French oak puncheons. About half of the batch was wild fermented. Wild yeast adds a layer of complexity to the aroma of wine.
2016 was one of ten warmest years on record in Victoria and rainfall was very low. The main winemaking challenge was trying to find a balance between alcohol and flavour.
This wine is pale straw yellow in colour. The nose is packed with stone fruit characters, honey dew melon and an inviting and rich toasty oak aroma. The palate is generous, complex and elegant with flavours of fresh ripe stone fruits and honey toasted oak playing on the palate. A balanced and delicious wine with a long finish.