Limited Release ‘Barrel 24’ Chardonnay



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Limited Release ‘Barrel 24’ Chardonnay

From £19.95

Interested in English Chardonnay? The first wine to be launched under our Limited Release label is a barrel-aged Chardonnay from the warm 2018 vintage.

This wine is made from a single clone of Chardonnay selected from a single block of the vineyard on a steep sandstone slope, pressed and fermented in tank and then racked directly to a large, second use, 500 litre American Oak barrel where it matured for 12 months.   A ‘minimal intervention’ approach was adopted and it was hand-bottled unfined and unfiltered directly from barrel.  This wine is for those who love the impact of oak on the intensity and body of a white wine and will really shine as a food wine with, for example, roasted meats.

Just 600 bottles were produced; each label written and numbered by hand (by more daughter, stuck at home during lockdown!)

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Description

Please note: Limited Release wines are only available via our Cellar Door or website

To learn more about our Limited Release ‘Barrel 24’ Chardonnay please watch a ‘1 Minute Tasting’ video presented by our Consultant Winemaker, Salvatore Leone:

With a golden colour, this wine delivers an intense nose of hazelnut, white chocolate, tobacco/cigar box & dried apricot – whilst preserving the fine base of Chardonnay.   On the palate it is full, rich and well-structured with smooth acidity and some spice leading to a persistent finish.

 

Additional information

SINGLE BOTTLE OR CASE OF 6

Single Bottle – £19.95, Case of 6 – £110 (Saving £9.70)

Reviews

  1. Tamlyn Currin for Jancis Robinson

    It’s wines like this that make me sit up and realise that English wine is moving into a different gear. It’s not perfect. It has (very) sharp edges that I would breathe more easily if they were polished just a little smoother. But this is like one of those spectacularly glassy marble worktops that, if you’re as shallow as me, you inch over to at that posh dinner party and run your fingers over when no one is looking just because the smoothness grounds you and makes you feel a little less like you’re an imposter in a world where the accents could slice the marble like a cheese wire. So, we’ve established that the smoky-marble accent of this wine is pretty precise and scarily sharp. I find hazelnut skins, but it’s more skinny than hazelnuts. I love this wiry, bony Chardonnay for its pure English accent, it’s fine-tweed texture, English orchard fruit. It’s Chardonnay with received pronunciation and expensive worktops. But maybe also a cheeky spliff in the garden.

  2. John Mobbs, Great British Wine Round Up

    This was a lovely surprise this month from Albourne Estate – I’ve long been a fan of Alison Nightingale’s wines, particularly her still wines, and this very limited Chardonnay is one of her most interesting yet.

    It’s made from a single 500-litre American Oak barrel of 2018 Chardonnay, from which the wine was directly bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered. The nose is perfumed and involving, with toasted oak, hazelnuts and dried mint, and bold caramelised peach and apricot notes too.

    The palate is something else as well. Brisk, bold but subtly tempered acidity integrates nicely with a stronger focus on those peachy, dried apricot notes the nose hinted at. The oak is prominent, proud, but not overwhelming. This wine had a real nuttiness, and grip too. It’s almost got a Jura-like rawness to it – distinctive and delicious!

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