Alongside the Pinot 'Noir de Florette', this is another drop from the current 2018 vintage. Much like that wine, the wilder edge of previous years has been (only ever so slightly) tamed and a softer, less spiky style pervades. This is Chardonnay with freshness and bite; most certainly not demonstrating any toasty barrel notes some may associate with Adelaide Hills Chards - pithy citrus, salt and stone fruit and that wonderfully raw, fleshy texture to be found in Anton's whites are more what we're talking here.
Anton Von Klopper is a notorious figure in Australian winemaking, at once for his uncompromising approach to any additions in the wine whatsoever, but also for his intuitive, experimental - you might even say avant garde - approach in the cellar. Anton's philosophy in his own words:
"‘Natural wine’ is simply wine made from grapes. But it is so much more, because ‘natural’ is not greed, capitalism, chemical, or control. It is a metamorphosis to allow the archetypal beverage to form. Therefore, natural wine cannot be made by greedy people; you must have a relationship with the vines that offer you their fruit, and it would be a sin to manipulate them with chemicals, so they must be farmed organically. To adulterate nature’s work by filtering, fining, or any addition, including small amounts of sulfur, is not natural. I’m proud to be amongst the makers of these wines. Even though there are high risks of volatile acidity, mousiness, brettanomyces, and lactic acid bacteria fermentation, it is enlivening to learn the skills and walk with nature. The most challenging part of natural winemaking is to live with the naysayers who choose recipe over craft. I am thankful for those who support natural wine. It is good for your body and creates a more beautiful world"