2016 Michael Hall Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills
Ben’s Block performed brilliantly in 2016, the fruit showing a pronounced grapefruit core, limpid minerality and fine acid line. Situated at 560 metres elevation in Lenswood this vineyard ripens through cool summer days and crisp nights. 2016 was an early season due to poor winter rains and a warm spring. Hand-picked on 24 February, wild yeast barrel fermented, 60% malolactic, 11 months in French oak barriques and puncheon (Damy, 36% new).