The top Soumah Chardonnay and in resplendent form here. Handpicked, wild fermented, eight months on lees with some barrels allowed to go through malo. The Soumah Single Vineyard Chardonnay has careful balance. Hay and some banana esters on the nose with popcorn – it looks quite forward as befitting the warm vintage. The carefully creamy palate looks much fresher than the nose – excellent balance on with careful butter malo and sweet oak. It’s definitely a richer, broader style this vintage but I can’t hide the quality here – clean and clever. Drink early methinks and revel in that tension between creamy winemaking influences and carefully defined fruit.