An attractive mid-gold in colour, the wine shows all the proper restraint expected of a traditionally handled, ultra-premium chardonnay in its youth. Delicate lemon blossom and gentle oak precede aromas of beurre blanc and crème caramel with just a hint of tarragon or anise as a highlight. The palate is poised with perfect balance and already showing finesse; beautiful textures and length but promising even greater complexity into the future. Barrel fermented and barrel matured; our Kelvedon Chardonnay is a deliciously rich and complex style of East Coast Chardonnay that will continue to develop with many years to go.
Kelvedon Estate was settled by the Cotton Family in 1829. Jack Cotton is 5th Generation. Kelvedon was traditionally a fine wool sheep and Cattle property with some cropping; in 1998 the family diversified into Viticulture. Initially 1ha of Pinot clones were planted; these vines form the foundation of the very successful Kelvedon Estate Label. Currently 7ha are under production plus 2ha of recently planted Chardonnay vines for Sparkling. The vineyard breakdown is - 4.5ha of Chardonnay / 3.5ha of Pinot / 1ha of Sauvignon Blanc. The bulk of the Chardonnay and Pinot is sold to Bay of Fires; the Chardonnay fruit going into Arras and the Eileen Hardy Chardonnay. For the Cotton Family the venture into Viticulture has been a highly successful and rewarding diversification and blends well with the other enterprises traditionally carried out on the property.