Alcohol: 13.5% | PH: 3.49 | Titratable acidity: 6.53 g/L
Bottling Date: September 2017
Cellaring: 3 + years
Ripe fruit and nicely integrated oak meld together in this modern, restrained Chardonnay. Vanilla, nut and popcorn barrel notes mix with white peach, banana, cantaloupe melon, pear and a lemon on the nose. The palate starts with a creamy texture before the crisp, fresh juicy citrus acidity and minerality kick in. Flavours of peach, tropical fruits and lemon verbena last through a long finish.
The estate grown Chardonnay grapes were handpicked the third week in September. They were hand sorted and then dropped whole-cluster into our pneumatic press for a gentle extraction of the juice. Gravity fed into tank, the juice was chilled overnight to remove excess solids. Half of the juice was fermented in tank while the second half fermented in oak barrels. Each method has advantages: fermentation under temperature controlled tanks produces vibrant and lean wines while barrel fermentation brings savoury and subtle oaky undertones that rounds out texture due to lees stirring.