Geoff Weaver Chardonnay is bright green-straw; wild yeast-fermented in French oak, mlf and lees contact have given the extra complexity and texture sought by Geoff Weaver, but have also left the fragrant bouquet and the juicy, vibrant fruit and natural acidity in charge of the palate, the finish very long and beautifully balanced.
Has gained a second wind over the past year. Rating: 96 Points; Drink by: 2018; Price: $40; Date Tasted: Aug 2012; Alcohol: 13.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion
Excellent growing season with mild temperatures (1202 Heat degree days) and 236 mm of rain from October to end February. Harvest on 7th March which is early, partly due to the extremely low crop levels (lees than 1kg per vine).
Low crops mean flavour concentration, early ripening and generally good acid levels because ripening is relatively quick. If ripening is prolonged it leaves time for the natural acids to metabolise and be lost. We rarely need to add acid which I feel is a major advantage for our vineyard. Natural acids are tight and harmonious.