I have a lot of respect for and a quite fond memories of Krinklewood. A biodynamic outfit in the Hunter Valley’s subregion of Broke-Fordwich. A beautifully set up farm with really great wines.
Their Chard is a particular stand out. Very lean and tight. Shows a lot of citrus, peach and nectarine with hints of white flowers. The palate is dry, with a spine of zesty acid. The fruit weight balance this out well and there is great harmony. The wine changes a lot with air too. Great with spatchcock or quail.
Although it is historically very important to Australia. If you were planting Australia today from scratch you’d never even visit the Hunter. Rain almost every harvest and excessive heat mean hard work. But the results in the bottle show each year. Shiraz and Semillon are particular highlights.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.