Brackenwood Skin Contact Chardonnay 2018
$ 32.00 incl. GST
Chardonnay picked early and fermented to a low octane 11.9% alc, left on skins for 21 days. Crunchy and fresh, an alluring nose of white flowers and honeysuckle, with the palate delivering citrus marmalade, white peaches and a sprinkle of thyme. Not as confronting as many skinsy wines can be, nicely textured and a superb partner for a range of foods, especially spicy.
“Big, bold orange wine. Lots of jasmine, frangipani, mandarin, farmhouse cider scents. The palate is a huge washy gush of dry-apple cider kind of characters, lemon, honey, ginger. It’s fun, it’s delicious. It feels well done as an orange wine with time to resolve all that tannin more or less. It’s a wild style done very well.” 93 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront
Brackenwood Vineyard / Adelaide Hills, Sa
Biodynamic Minimal Intervention Wines From A Beautiful Adelaide Hills Estate
Owner Damon Nagel started life as a sommelier in Adelaide, moving to London to further his wine education whilst working in top end dining restaurants. Achieving success in London property, he would eventually return to Adelaide, purchasing the beautiful undulating Brackenwood farm in the early 2000s, first releasing wines from vintage 2005.
Winemaking is today overseen by Daniel Zuzolo, ex Primo Estate, with the stable offering interesting blends and lesser seen plantings of Barbera and Gamay alongside more traditional offerings such as Shiraz and Riesling.
Growing and winemaking is strictly along biodynamic lines, with no additions bar minimal sulphur at bottling. A pure set of releases very much at home alongside Felixir’s European offerings, fun styles of personality with enough depth and interest to be taken seriously.