2013 Eagles Rest 'Maluna' Chardonnay
Bright green, gold in colour. Predominantly from fruit grown on the steep and inexplicably consistent, north facing Orange Tree Block, this wine represents the best Chardonnay the Maluna vineyard is capable of producing. This wine opens with powerful citrus fruit and white flower aromatics, Gardenia or Jasmine like almost. The floral characters give way to complexing mineral, slate and flinty aromas from wild fermentation. Subtle oak influence sits almost hidden in the background of the nose. The palate shows great restraint and finesse. Subtle grapefruit and granny smith apple leads the tightly wound acidity. Texture and weight build as a result of time on yeast lees and background oak. The length and finish are acid and fruit driven given a focus exit. Refined and elegant with underlying power, a great wine for the cellar.