Baw Baw Shire 2019, Patrick Sullivan (Victoria, Australia)
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Grapes: Chardonnay Style: White ABV: 13% Production: Biodynamic, organic Any added sulphites: Minimal Filtered: No Size: 75cl
A vibrant, medium bodied magic potion of purity with notes of pale straw, dry ginger, citrus, truffle and spices.
Made from 30 year old Chardonnay vines. Grapes are picked by hand and destemmed. The wine ferments in 225 liter used oak barrels, bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with a tiny addition of sulphur. A blend across both North and South facing slopes at the Bull Swamp Vineyard. The South facing component always gives the strength and shoulders of the wine with the North facing component gives all of the class! Lots of creamy stone fruit notes pop out, followed by a mineral-rich, generous yet structured palate.
After dropping out of his winemaking degree to refocus on a degree in viticulture, majoring in botany, Patrick now produces wines from his jointly-owned organic estate in Gippsland, his farm in Ellinbank, and a range of wines from various Organic and Biodynamic growers. As for a winemaking style, Patrick is totally driven by purity. The wines make themselves and what you end up drinking is pure fruit. The grapes are put into a fermenter, and left to their own devices. They are never added to, worked on or meddled with. Patrick sees any single bit of work or treatment to the wine as detracting from its original state and taking away purity. The result is something that is simply delicious on the surface but even more rewarding when you dig a little deeper. Everything in his approach is entirely sensory, and the wines are always a joy to drink.