Very bright, polished platinum with green,
vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with quince, citrus and floral notes
developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is full bodied and generous, but still balanced by crisp acidity.
There is ripe tropical fruit & creaminess balanced by a pure minerality typical of the variety. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish indicating the richness and persistence of the vintage.
Up to six years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.
Grilled fish, white and red meat.Ideally served at 12° - 14°C.
In The Vineyard
Sourced from 2 vineyards on
the Estate, the first planted in 1991
(20 years old in year of vintage) situated on alluvial Dundee soils which
produces the rich textured mouth feel and minerality..The younger vineyard was
planted in 2007 on Cartref soils giving a greater fruit expression. Crop
thinning occurred at pruning and at veraison.
About The Harvest
Five separate picking stages at optimum ripeness. Hand-picked.
In The Cellar
Partial whole bunch pressing and static settling
overnight. Some solids remained in the
juice. Transferred to 60% new tight grain Allier French Oak and 40% second fill
300 litre barrels for fermentation. Half
of the barrels were inoculated with selected Chardonnay yeast, while the other
half underwent un-inoculated, spontaneous fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was given a
racking to remove heavy lees and returned to barrel for malo- lactic
fermentation. The wine was barrel matured
for 12 months before bottling.