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Medhurst Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

2019

Medhurst

Estate Vineyard

Chardonnay

 Brilliant pale straw, some luminescent greens. The nose is highly complex with subtle hints of grapefruit, white peach, cashews and spice. The palate is poised, full of purpose, charming balance of flint and fine creaminess. The earth derived pithiness is wrapped in powerful white peach fruit again and framed with mouth watering natural acids. Complexing very tight grain oak is in the background and ensures the structure and integrity of the wine is in place for at least 8-10 years in bottle.  

$44.00 / Bottle

The Season
The 2019 growing season began with a dry spring and later then average budburst. A small to medium sized crop was established in mild weather and 125mm of November rain came just at the right time to keep the vines healthy and vital. A warm, dry January-March with two short heat spikes kept the team on their toes. Detailed canopy management ensured the fruit remained unblemished by the heat of the sun. The resultant fruit was ripe, balanced and with exceptional acids adding to their vibrant fruit profiles. The wines are fine and approachable early with good prospects for medium term cellaring. An excellent season of vibrant and complex flavours, superb acidity and lovely soft tannins.
Tasting Notes
Brilliant pale straw, some luminescent greens. The nose is highly complex with subtle hints of grapefruit, white peach, cashews and spice. The palate is poised, full of purpose, charming balance of flint and fine creaminess. The earth derived pithiness is wrapped in powerful white peach fruit again and framed with mouth watering natural acids. Complexing very tight grain oak is in the background and ensures the structure and integrity of the wine is in place for at least 8-10 years in bottle.
Wine Making
On the 21st and 22nd of February our grapes were handpicked from the low yielding middle and top part of our unique single site. The soil is more shallow, gravelly here and flavours are subtle, powerful and mineral/soil derived. After hand-picking, the grapes were cooled overnight then whole-bunch pressed the following morning. Pristine but very cloudy juice was then transferred with full solids to French oak barriques and puncheons (33% new). Indigenous fermentation in barrel lasted around one month and elevage in barrel 9 months. Around one third of the barrels were allowed to pass through malolactic fermentation to enhance the finished wines fine saline/creamy/chalky complex. The wine was blended with full lees kept in tank for 2 months to settle and was bottled with minimal filtration on 5th of February 2020.
Technical

Vineyard: Medhurst Estate Vineyard, Gruyere
Block: A Block
Clone: I10v1,
Soil: Mountain derived brown/grey loams, gravelly duplex clays
Alcohol: 12.5 %
pH: 3.18
TA: 6.3

Food Pairing
Whole Snapper, lemon and thyme, crunchy roast kipflers and a simple French salad of cos, radish and cornichon.