The Yarra Valley is renowned for producing elegant, refined white wines. Such wines reflect the region’s temperate climate and growing conditions. The best examples show a marked sense of “place”, an identity inseparable from the soil where they are grown.

 

 

 

 

Region:

Yarra Valley 100%

 

Composition:

Chardonnay 100%

 

Harvest date:

20 February (Dijon clones), 27 March (P58 clone)

 

Vintage conditions:

The 2012-13 growing season was almost perfect--sufficient rainfall in the early months to give the vines a good start and then dry, warm conditions to finish.

Crop levels were low and this gave extra intensity to the fruit.

 

Winemaking

Picked when the fruit flavours were still fresh and citrus-like in the Dijon clones but we looked for a little extra ripeness in the P58 which has a more tropical fruit feel. After whole-bunch pressing, the juice was transferred to French oak barriques for fermentation with natural yeasts. Fermentation was slow and this helped retain fruit characters.

 

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.5%                     pH: 3.28                     T/A: 6.4 g/l

 

Tasting comments:

Light straw in colour, holding well

Citrus, pineapple and toasty oak aromas float from the glass.

The palate is slightly richer than previous releases, thanks to the low crop and the high quality of the harvest. Still tight and coiled, it really needs another year or two to blossom and reveal its true quality.

Drink now or cellar for up to eight years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Squitchy Lane

Title:
2013 Chardonnay
4
$30.00
/ bottle
10% case purchase discount