Hand-picked at first light on 4 March 2014, our Gingin Chardonnay was produced using whole cluster pressing; a slow process that creates refined juice with lovely preservation of the fruit characters.
The wine was fermented and matured sur lie (on lees) in 228 litre French Oak barrels sourced from the Allier and Vosges forests: 1/3 new, for 10 months with partial malolactic fermentation to achieve natural balance in acidity.
Fortnightly batonnage was applied until September, to enhance texture and complexity, and then reduced to monthly as the wine developed. The 2014 Chardonnay was racked from barrel, settled and bottled on 23 February, 2015. Total of 3,100 bottles.
Bright with a golden, yellow hue, this wine has a subtle, fresh and very clean aroma, punctuated by waves of juicy citrus. Elegant and mouth-filling, this wine is spicy yet smooth; intense and flinty; with cool, integrated acidity. The finely woven palate has a precise mineral core, long, lingering finish and focus. Delicious, cool and refined.