Traditional techniques adopted from the Burgundy homeland including 100% barrel fermentation for 10 months, aiming for a lightly wooded style using French oak casks (20% new). Maturation on lees with periodic stirring was utilised for this wine. It is tightly crafted and combines power with elegance. The delicate aroma features citrus and melon fruits with soft oak nuances. The palate is pristine, fresh and vibrant, revealing ripe melon, white peach and grapefruit flavours subtly supported by spicy oak and creamy textures. The finish is crisp long and seamless. The extra complexity and textures built into the Freycinet Chardonnay makes it an ideal accompaniment to a wide range of medium flavoured fine foods. Perfect with the tasty flavours of succulent roast pork or chicken with rosemary and garlic. Very enjoyable as a young wine, however the rewards of cellaring over a 10 to 20 year period in good cellars with constant, cool temperatures will prove very rewarding.
Lindy Bull & Claudio Radenti
Tasmanian born Claudio Radenti's interest in wine came about at an early age from helping his father who like many Italians made wine annually for the family. Claudio fondly recalls, when aged just 6, turning the grape crusher handle for his dad. Winemaking became a hobby which then developed into a career. After graduating as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Oenology from Roseworthy Agricultural College SA in 1982, Claudio carried out vintages at Pipers Brook Vineyard (Tas) and Tyrrells (NSW), followed by 6 years at Cassegrain Wines (NSW). Winemaking at Cassegrain’s also involved overseeing contract work in Coonawarra, Mildura and Griffith.
Claudio worked the 1987 and 1989 vintages in Bordeaux and travelled to various wine regions in France and Italy. Claudio was senior winemaker at Goundrey Wines (WA) in 1990 and 1991 which is where he met his life partner Lindy Bull. In 1992, Claudio returned to his home state to be with Lindy at her family's Freycinet Vineyard.
Lindy's interest in winemaking developed from helping her mother and father Geoff and Susan Bull establish Freycinet Vineyard. Lindy graduated as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Oenology from Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1989 and in doing so, she became the first Tasmanian female to graduate as a winemaker.
Her work experience included vintages in Clare Valley (SA), New Zealand and France, as well as winemaking at Goundrey Wines followed by spending the years since 1992 at the family vineyard and winery.