Mount Macleod Chardonnay 2020
The 2017/18 season was a great growing season punctuated with the extremes of our changing climate. Three large deluges in December threw the season in doubt as we saw immediate crop losses from the high humidity.. We then had a very long dry period for much of February and March that arrested the fungal spread, dried out the vineyard and limited berry size nicely. Hand harvesting occurred in four small picks from 29 March through to 10 April with pristine fruit gently pattering the bottom of buckets on calm, cool autumn mornings – the madness of December a distantl memory.
Pale straw with a green tinge
Sweetly spiced citrus and light tropical aromas, lychees and hints of juicy confectionary lemon and barley
Fresh and bright with vibrantly concentrated primary fruit and a creamy generosity that is pulled into line by balanced lively acidity
The fruit for this wine was hand and machine harvested in small batches as the season unfolded. Flavour windows opened and closed and we grabbed portions here and there. The majority of fruit was harvested between 13.1 and 13.6 baume. Each batch was pressed and lightly settled before being racked to barrels as a cloudy juice. Fermentation was allowed to begin naturally and the barrels then underwent fermentation at there own pace. After fermentation the wine was left on full lees unsulfured. Most barrels began spontaneous malo-lactic fermentation that was allowed to proceed to completeness. After an 18 month elevage, the wine was then racked and bottled.
Price per 6 pack