David Franz ‘Brother’s Ilk’ Mosko’s birdwood vineyard Adelaide hills Chardonnay 2016
David Franz Brother’s Ilk Chardonnay is buttery with a beautiful crisp finish – just how we love our Chardonnays!
Golden straw colour with pale green reflections. A white peach and vanilla bouquet with subtle undertones of lemon peel, fresh cream and toffee over a yeasty complexity. Mineral and lithe palate that offers terrific length and powerfully focused flavours of white peach and restrained lemon zest. Creamy texture and mouth-watering crisp finish.
After picking in the cool of the night, the grapes go through basket pressing to French Oak Hogsheads for a wild ferment. Fermentation and subsequent ageing was 100% in barrel on lees with regular topping and stirring for 12 months. No finings. The bottles are carefully hand packaged before being sent out to the world.
A short background story:
Inspired by Phil’s (David’s brother) love and mastery of this noble variety. Back in 2008, 8 years before pulling together the 2016 Brother’s Ilk, Phil said to David: “let’s make a Chardonnay.” To which David responded with “are you fucking joking?” The answer was no and the result was the first iteration of the Brother’s Ilk Chardonnay. Adelaide Hills Stalwarts, Theo and Jan Moskos’ Bernard 95 clone fruit, grown on their Birdwood block have underpinned these offerings ever since. The 2016 Brother‘s Ilk is tribute to Phil’s thinking, Theo and Jan Moskos’ Bernard 95 clone fruit and the David Franz team’s hard graft in the winery. It’s a bit of old school smashed together with a lot of new thinking all wrapped up in a bloody tasty wine.
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