IN THE VINEYARD:
Chardonnay was harvested from a 10 year old unirrigated, trellised vineyard in Darling, grown on deep oakleaf soils.
HARVEST DATES: Early February 2010
The grapes were harvested at an average of 24.4 degrees balling and the vineyard yielded 6.5 tons per hectare. Grapes were whole bunch pressed in a pneumatic press and the juice allowed to settle. The juice was fermented and matured in French oak barriques, of which approximately 10 was in new wood. The majority was matured in 2nd and 3rd fill oak. The different components were left on the lees, with regular stirring, for 8 months before being blended and bottled.
The 2010 wines are showing excellent combination of fruit, minerality and freshness. Our careful use of oak makes a lighter style of Chardonnay, which highlights the fruit character of wine, without being overpowering. Anthony de Jager
Light straw colour in the glass. Aromas of baked apples and zesty lemons on the nose, with shy hints of baking spices. The palate is fruity with a note of creamy vanilla, medium bodied and well-balanced acidity. The light oaking adds lingering spice to the finish.
Wine of OriginDarling Alcohol14% Residual sugar1.6 g/l Total acid6.7 g/l pH3.60