The wine is dry, and has lifted aromas of cut grass, nashi pear and citrus. This is a medium bodied wine, with the barrel ageing giving a creaminess and toasty characters, with a fresh splash of peach and green apple flavours, giving lovely length on the palate. With ageing the wine will develop more buttery, toasted characters. Drink now to 10 years.
The Chardonnay was machine picked by our brand new state of the art Pellenc harvester in the coldest part of the morning in mid February 2020. This vintage was the first of the Chardonnay to be processed onsite in our new winery on Whillas Road, Port Lincoln. The fruit was crushed and destemmed into a membrane press to separate the skins and seeds from the juice. Fermentation was commenced with a neutral dry yeast in stainless steel tanks, and then transferred to 60% new and 40% 1 year old French Oak Hogsheads for the remainder of fermentation. Post fermentation the chardonnay was lees stirred in barrel for 10 months. The barrels were then gently racked into a stainless steel tank, where it was stabilised, fined and filtered prior to bottling in May 2021. We allow time in bottle before releasing.
Situated on the Teakle property in Port Lincoln, 2 kilometres from the foreshore, with 150 meters elevation. The soils are rich combination of sandy loam topsoil overlying a friable red-brown clay loam subsoil. The moderately warm summer temperatures and maritime breeze allow perfect ripening conditions in the vineyard. The long sunshine hour days encourage even ripening of the grapes, while the gentle breeze helps cool the bunches, retaining the beautiful natural acidity.