With Red Claw the emphasis is on making wines that are bright, juicy and more expressive when young – lending them perfectly to the Australian lifestyle and the way we like to dine. Available under the Red Claw label is Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as a Grenache Rosé and a Shiraz from our Heathcote Estate.
The 2018 season on the Mornington Peninsula was a classic. Ripening was even and the wines have great intensity and depth of flavour. The fruit was hand harvested and pressed in small batches before it was left to settle overnight. French oak barrels (500 litre puncheons) were used for fermentation (no malolatic). All wild ferments. The wine was aged on yeast lees for 10 months, and bottled in December 2018. Bright intense pale straw colour. Lifted aromas of clean citrus notes, stone fruit and a subtle hint of spicy French oak. A tightly focused palate, with lovely balance and a long, complex finish. This 2018 Red Claw Chardonnay pairs beautifully with Cajun Butter Chicken Breast and a mashed Cauliflower.