VINTAGE INFORMATION REGION: Riverland, South Australia
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.5g/L
OAK: French & American Hogshead
Every vintage, each wine parcel is allocated a batch code, separated from other batches and treated independently to ensure cleanliness and purity of winemaking. With Mother Nature ensuring each year offers new possibilities and hope of a celebrated vintage, these codes are the only constant, and have come to symbolise our family’s commitment to always make the wine the hero.
The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from premium vineyards within South Australia. The continental climate ensured a hot growing season resulting in long sunny days and noticeably cooler nights. The combination of these conditions allowed this vintage to develop into one of the region’s greatest vintages of the past decade, delivering wines of intense fruit depth and beautiful natural acidity.
Batch 18CHA#04X1 was crushed and de-stemmed where a portion of the wine was transferred onto oak in temperature controlled environments to maximise fruit flavour and retention. A selected yeast strain QA23 was also added during this process. Post fermentation, the majority of the wine is matured in stainless steel tanks with a percentage of the wine transferred onto French and American Oak Hogsheads for further development. The wine is then carefully blended, stabilised and clarified resulting in a lively and well balanced Chardonnay.
This wine displays lifted aromatics of citrus and stone fruits with some toasty and vanillin oak undertones. The palate highlights fresh, lively citrus and stone fruit characters with a light acid backbone of peach, nectarine and ripe pears followed by a full rounded finish with subtle, well integrated oak. Chardonnay is a wonderful food wine that is suited to a wide range of food styles including creamy pasta dishes, grilled fish and chicken casserole.