(SOLD OUT) 2007 Chardonnay
Our 2007 Chardonnay is a blend of all four blocks of Chardonnay on the Flat Rock property - clones 95 and 76 on rootstocks S04 and 3309. Grapes were handpicked in 15kg crates in September, after which it was sortd by hand to remove any imperfect bunches. Grapes were either de-stemmed and crushed or whole cluster pressed and cold settled in stainless steel tanks.
48% of the wine was fermented and matured on lees in tank. The rest were fermented in barrel and left on the lees for ten months to age. During these months the lees were stirred once a week to increase mouth feel. For the barrel fermented portion we used 21% new oak, 33% second fill French Oak barrels and the rest older to achieve good expression of our fruit. Wild as well as commercial yeast strains were used for the primary fermentation, and malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel.
Following maturation all barrels were tasted and the ones expressing the best varietal fruit character were selected for this wine. The Chardonnay was removed from barrel after 10 months, where it was blended, racked, stabilized, filtered and bottled in August 2008.
Aromas of tropical and citrus fruit, with spice and vanilla on the nose. Nicely balanced fruit and oak. Soft butterscotch, tropical notes and a wide, full mid-palate.
|VQA||Twenty Mile Bench|
|Availability||Winery, On-Premise & Vintages|
|Residual Sugar||2.9 g/L|