Xavier Goodridge Halfway to Heaven Chardonnay Geelong 2018 - 750ml - 12%
During a stint running a wine bar in London Xavier Goodridge travelled to Beaujolais. And fell in love with the romanticism. With his path set he studied Viticulture , he took a job at Bress and started making his own wine. After experimenting with soils and sites he has decided Deans Marsh, near Geelong is the place that suits what he wants. Which is to raise healthy (organic) grapes and then allow them to express their varietal characteristics and the sites they represent. That means as little interference as possible.
While you could call it an orange/nature wine, I think its best to think of this as a delicious white with a bit more colour than normal. I’ve tried it twice and I love it. It is subtle but satisfyingly so. Floral, melons, earth and savoury notes. The weight is generous and blends seamlessly with the structure. It is moreish and therefore a bottle can disappear rather quickly. Definitely a drink now style, I would pair it with something like Pont l’eveque.
Halfway to Heaven is 100% Chardonnay from Anakie, in the Geelong region. Chard ferments and lives in old wood. There is a minimal sulphur addition at bottling.