Soil is deep ripped before planting. Vines are spaced at approx one metre, with around 20 buds per vine, and hedged trellised, exposing the grapes to the sun to achieve maximum ripeness. They are cane pruned one year in four followed by three years of spur pruning. White wine grapes are planted lighter, better drained soil.
100 percent barrel fermented in American oak, 50 percent new and 50 percent one year old. At end of fermentation in oak the wine underwent lees stirring on a weekly basis. The wine was protein and cold stabilized prior to filtration and bottling under screwcap closure.
Bentonite fining for protein stability, and a light milk fining. Course earth filtration followed by sterile filtration going to bottle.
Aged nine months in American oak hogsheads seasoned and coopered in France with medium toast level.
Winemakers Tasting Note
The 2009 Chardonnay appears with bright clarity and a light golden colour. There are hints of tropical fruit and cloves on the nose.
A medium bodied wine an abundance of tropical fruit flavours and hints of cashews, being well balanced with subtle oak characters.
A lingering, fine acid finish will ensure refreshing summer drinking or medium term cellaring.
Best eaiting with a variety of food styles including seasoned chicken, pasta and seafood risotto.
Best drinking between now and 2012.