19 Crimes Hard Chard Chardonnay
About this winery
Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction British rogues guilty of a least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by "transportation" began in 1783 and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited. As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick. This wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they...
Vintage 2017 had a cool start, with bud break through ?owering and fruit set taking its time, in some locations delaying the start of the season by several weeks. Patience and a close eye in the vineyards allowed fruit to develop slowly, enhancing complexity and developing layers of ?avor. Harvest was also late, with isolated weather that was well managed by vineyard teams who got dust on their boots while keeping a close eye on the fruit.
Bold and strong in character, this deep rich and golden Chardonnay is ?lled with stone fruit aromas and a sweet textured palate. The criminally intense toasty oak notes have hints of butterscotch and honey balanced with layers of ripe fruit. This full bodied, powerful wine ?nishes with rich notes of butter and vanilla.