Calcaire Chardonnay

Calcaire Chardonnay

2016 Chardonnay
Derwent Valley, TAS

A focused fruit profile, unique acid line, wild yeast and integrated oak. Trophy at Tas WIne Show 2019.

$79 each

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Wine Details

Region
Derwent Valley
Vintage
2016
Type
White Wine
Variety
Chardonnay
Volume
750mL
Alcohol Volume
13.5%
PH
3.23
Standard Drinks
8
Acidity
6.6
Sugar
0
Closure
Screw Cap
Bottling Date
February 2017
Harvest Date
March 2016
Background
This wine is our attempt at conveying to you the impact of our high subsoil calcium levels. We believe that the physiological ripeness of the grapes develops more harmoniously and earlier in the ripening cycle. Of particular note in this wine is the flavour and structure of the acid. The Calcaire label is our premium range, only made when an exceptional level can be reached in that vintage.
Vineyard Notes
Grown on a north -facing bank of the Derwent River this 28-year-old cool-climate vineyard is widely recognised for producing some of the best chardonnay fruit in Australia including supplying grapes for Penfolds Yattarna 13 years in a row. The soils are permeable loams over Permian Lime originating from a 250-280M year old seabed. The vines are meticulously hand tended and yields are reduced by 50% to one bunch per shoot. Clones: I10V1, I10V5 and Penfolds.
Winemaking
The whole bunches go direct to the inert gas press. The juice flow from the press is ruthlessly cut with only the pristine juice from the middle of the press cycle going straight to New French oak. We allow natural yeast to carry out primary fermentation. During it’s time in oak no Sulphur is added. Lees stirred fortnightly for the time in oak. Malolactic fermentation happens in the spring on 100% of this wine. Filtered and bottled.
Tasting Notes
This trophy winning Chardonnay has a focused fruit profile, unique acid line, wild yeast and integrated oak. Best Chardonnay at Tasmanian Wine Show 2019. Aroma: Grapefruit, gun flint, washed rind cheese. Palate: Grapefruit pith, citrus.
Style
This wine is our attempt at conveying to you the impact of our high subsoil calcium levels. We believe that the physiological ripeness of the grapes develops more harmoniously and earlier in the ripening cycle. Of particular note in this wine is the flavour and structure of the acid.
Colour
Straw
Bouquet
Grapefruit, gun flint, washed rind cheese
Palate
Grapefruit pith, citrus.
Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential
15 Years
Food Matches
Fish, Shellfish, Chicken, vegetable terrines, pasta, rissoto

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