18 Offshoot Chardonnay
This new Offshoot range allows the younger generation of Hunter's to experiment with new techniques and presentation.
A brilliant golden colour, the 2018 Offshoot Chardonnay shows a layered nose of nectarine and apricots, with a hint of nuttiness and pencil shaving oak notes. Stonefruit continues through to the palate where the soft elegant mouthfeel integrates beautifully with the French oak. The wine can be enjoyed now but will also develop and evolve over the next 5 years.
Old vine Mendoza Chardonnay was selected from our Rapaura vineyard. Handpicked fruit was gently pressed, 100% free-run juice immediately filled to large oak casks for a high solid, indigenous fermentation. Following fermentation, 100% went through natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in barrel on lees for 12 months and a further 6 months in tank before being racked and blended. The oak regime consisted of 100% French oak, 30% of which were new.
Harvest Date: April 2018
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 1.46 g/L
Bottling Date: August 2019
100% barrel fermentation
30% new, 70% 2-year-old French 900L oak barrels
100% malolactic fermentation
12 months barrel ageing, 6 months tank ageing.
GOLD – Royal Easter Wine Show, February 2021
BRONZE – The Real Review, Bob Campbell, February 2021
Offshoot is a label for wines made using experimental techniques in vineyard and winery. This is from Mendoza clone vines. It’s a textural and tangy chardonnay with grapefruit, lime juice, brioche and nutty oak flavours supported by crisp and slightly green acidity.
93 POINTS – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Candice Chow, February 2021,
Bright, yellow-gold colour, slightly lighter edged. The nose is gently full and complex; nuances of nuts, butter, struck match are well-proportioned, underlying stone fruit. Medium-full bodied, vibrant aromas of peaches, nectarines along with citrus interweave hazelnut, pencil shavings and whipped butter. The flavours are voluminous and well-proportioned, taut acid persists on the palate, providing freshness and carry flavours to a lengthy finish. This is a voluminous Chardonnay with complex flavours and a taut acid tension. Match with roasted pork and fowl over the next 5 years.
93 points - Cameron Douglas MW, The Shout, August 2020
"Complex and wild, floral and textured, enticing and different. Flavours of white peach and lemon, wild flowers and leesy spices. There’s a flinty wet rock flavour, plenty of acidity then fruit flavours of peach and citrus, a touch of creamy custard and lengthy vibrant finish. Different and interesting, fun and new. Drink now and through 2023."