Tropical, citrus and guava flavours are in abundance on the nose and palate.
Vines planted: 1995
Soil: Hutton & Oakleaf
Irrigation: Dry Land
Trellising: 5 wire extended moveable perold
The chardonnay grows on the highest hill on the property and thus the coolest spot. Cool is a relative word especially as the 2016 harvest was characterized by very dry and hot conditions. Harvest was a week earlier than 2015.
The unwooded style of Chardonnay is about maintaining freshness, therefore the grapes need to be kept at 14° - 18° C during the crush, skin contact period and fermentation. The fermentation in stainless steel tanks lasted 12 days. The wine spent 3 months on the lees before filtration and bottling.