Deriving its name from Victoria’s picturesque Jaluka Forest, Jaluka Chardonnay is a bright, modern expression of Chardonnay from the Henty region in South-West Victoria.
Jaluka Chardonnay harnesses the unique characteristics and cool maritime climate of Henty, and incorporates some parcels of fruit from Seppelt’s prized Drumborg Vineyard established in 1964 – one of the Southernmost Vineyards of mainland Australia. The 2018 Jaluka features lively citrus and stone fruit characters with a creamy texture balanced by well-integrated French oak to produce a complex, refined Chardonnay.
|Peak Drinking||Now - 2025|
Good complexity on the nose with plenty of stone fruit aromatics and hints of peach-skin balanced with subtle oak note.
On the palate, white peach flavours combine with citrus notes and subtle spicy oak characters. The chalky acidity is balanced by creamy lees texture to produce a complex, refined Chardonnay.
|Gold Medal||Royal Melbourne Wine Show|
|94 Points||James Halliday|
"Takes its name from the nearby Jaluka Forest. A very small cool-grown chardonnay at any price, let alone this - and then there's the prospect of strategic discounting. Grapefruit, melon and apple are in play, ditto subtle French oak. Will have a long life."
A cool winter with good early rainfall was followed by warm, dry spring conditions, resulting in excellent fruit set. Summer temperatures were average to warm, with persistent fine conditions and little rain, resulting in above-average yields and exceptional quality.
100% barrel fermented with solids included and only a small amount of MLF. Lees stirred once a month and matured for nine months in a combination of French oak barriques (225L), Puncheons (500L) and Vats (3000L) – 25% new oak overall.
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