Willem Kurt Chardonnay 2022


Winemaker/Owner – Daniel Balzer – “The 2022 season was cool with fine weather, one of the better vintages in recent years. Our 2022 Chardonnay is filled with flavours of citrus, and white fleshed stone fruits, coupled with a rich and creamy texture. There are hints of brown spice, lemon curd and a firm acidity that gives the wine length and power.

The fruit, as always was gently basket pressed, and fermented in French oak using only the natural yeast that comes with the grapes. Approximately 25% of the oak was new and the balance well seasoned. The only other wine making input was to occasionally stir a portion of the barrels over a twelve month period and to allow some malo lactic conversion to take place. This, we feel, has built a complex, balanced wine, that maintains bright fruit in addition to rich creaminess. Simple wine making that we feel has allowed our estate grown fruit to shine through”

More Information

Willem Kurt Wines was established in 2012 and the first wines released in 2014. In 2017 a vineyard site was purchased and planting commenced. 2022 marked the first season in which the entire production came from the single vineyard site.

A boutique, family owned vineyard producing exceptional wine that is designed to celebrate the variety, the site, and the season in which it was grown.

The Vineyard
Situated at 600m above sea level, approximately three kilometres south of the township of Beechworth. The Willem Kurt vineyard is planted to Chardonnay, Syrah, Vermentino, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir.

The site, although undulating is predominantly South West facing, and consists of ancient loam/clay soils, flecked with quartz.

The aim is to grow the highest quality cool climate grapes, and to do so with the utmost respect for the land and the environment. The secret to achieving this is to pay particular attentiion in the vineyard, being meticulous with canopy management, and only taking actions when absolutely necessary.

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