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.

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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