Seems like it’s near impossible to find a low intervention organic Chardonnay that’s got balance at the moment; they seem to be either 11% abv and under-ripe or 14% and completely over-oaked. Enter ‘Lost Your Way’ from Rob. Kaimira vineyard fruit, hand harvested, whole bunch pressed into old French barriques and just one new Puncheon (large format 500L). It went through malo naturally and was kept on gross lees right up until bottling. No fining, no filtration, just a small amount of sulphur added at bottling. Beautiful and fine, nicely rounded and with great texture from the lees-aging. Really pronounced fruit flavour and development. It's the kind of bottle you can drink in one minute flat, or sit back and enjoy slowly, peeling back layer after layer.
Tags: Rob Burley, Kate Burley, Unkel, Unkle, Nelson, Organic, Brightwater, Chardonnay