2007 Estate Chardonnay
Lovely yellow golden straw colour. A sophisticated and complex nose showing aromas of dried fig, cantaloupe, sweet ginger, cloves, roasted almonds with a touch of smokey minerality. The 2007 Estate Chardonnay is a rich wine with a sensuous texture and finesse. The wine shows intense aromas of dried figs, white peaches and spicy ginger touch on the generous finish.
We exposed all bunches to sunlight at fruit set with leaf removal on both sides of the canopy to maximize fruit ripening. Green harvest was performed at the first sign of veraison and we only left the best 12 bunches per vine in order to promote ripening, concentration of flavours and the expression of terroir.
The grapes were hand picked, hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. The juice was cold settled for 48-72 hours and then racked. The juice was then warmed and then transferred to barrels. The wine was fermented with native yeasts with ferments being allowed to reach 24-26 degrees Celcius. The wine went through spontaneous and partial malolactic fermentation and all the barrels were stirred weekly during ageing. The wine was blended in August 2008 and filtered before bottling.