2012 Woodstock Chardonnay
The coolest vineyard site at Woodstock is an east facing, sandy slope where Chardonnay is planted. These grapes often show a sherbet character. Our aim is to capture the natural flavours of the Chardonnay variety and to enhance them with just the barest amount of oak. Cellaring allows the fruit and oak flavours to integrate and grow in complexity.
The grapes are harvested in the cool of the night, cold pressed then cold settled. The wine is then left on yeast lees and stirred weekly for 6 months until bottling. This process together with 13% of the wine being matured in new French oak barrels adds complexity to this lean, refreshing style Chardonnay with good length and a clean crisp finish.
Fresh fruit aromas and hints of barrel complexity over notes of peach, rock melon and lemon blossom. The palate has underlying minerality from the ironstone soils, some subtle vanillin oak with barrel ferment complexity and a lingering tight finish from the natural acids. While partial malo- lactic fermentation has softened these acids, a few years of patient, cool cellaring will result in finer integration of flavours and increased generosity on the palate.
Oven roasted snapper and potato gnocchi, served with a pine nut and shallot butter sauce.
Scott Collett & Ben Glaetzer
Acidity 7.9 g/L
Residual Sugar <1.0 g/L