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Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2017

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Harvest Date

April 2017

Vineyards

Midhill, Mt Macedon, Spring Hill & Little Hampton

Viticulture

A long cool growing season in the Macedon Ranges. A settled flowering led to good crop levels. Careful canopy management and crop thinning were required. A late summer with warm days and cool nights allowed fruit to reach is full flavour ripeness, while retaining good acid structure. The cool nights during March and April helped retain natural acidity and allow full flavour

Wine Making

Hand harvested fruit was firmly whole bunch pressed to impart some skin contact to release the full flavour profile and impart some phenolic texture. Natural ferment occurred in new (24%) and older French barrels. The wine was left to unwind and age slowly on its ferment lees to add generosity. Every barrel was treated as is own entity, with some allowed to go through natural malolactic fermentation to add further depth. After 11 months the wine was racked and filtered prior to bottling in February 2018

pH

3.41

Titratable Acidity

5.8g/L

Alcohol

13.1%

Residual Sugar

Nil

Colour

Light straw, green hue and brilliant clarity.

Bouquet

This distinctive Macedon ranges chardonnay bursts from the glass with white florals, while citrus and white stone fruit notes complement the wine. Hints of lees derived nougat add further complexity, as does a sprinkling of mineral flint. The perfume is persistent and intriguing, always bringing you back for another sniff.

Palate

White nectarine and citrus fruits spill immediately onto the palate. These fruit flavours are augmented with barrel ferment characters such as macadamia. But the texture of the wine is what continues to entice. Some alcohol warmth is framed by natural grapefruit pith. The fine natural acidity that can only be grown in cool places remains the backbone of the wine giving great structure, drive and length. The flowing palate is long and intense yet continually develops through your first, second and third glass. A great example of cold climate Macedon Ranges Chardonnay.

Cellaring

Drink now - 2028

Food Match

Tuna tataki, soft cheve cheese, whiting fillets with butter and caper sauce.

Release Date

March 2018