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Medhurst Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

2020

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.  

$50.00 / Bottle

The Season
The 2020 growing season began with a wet spring and later then average budburst. This inclement wet, breezy spring weather led to poor flowering and set and from the outset we realized the crop would be well below the already low cropping Medhurst average. A mild, dry December was followed by a showery January and February which enabled the fruit to ripen at a gentlemanly pace with picking commencing the first week of March. The resultant crop whilst small (40% below average), was of extremely high quality. The bunches were tight and compact, clean and of high flavour and importantly comprised of beautiful natural acids and soft tannins. The wines are looking bright, and energetic in their youth. The 2020 releases will have that lovely balance of fruit weight, complexity, line and length.
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 10th and 11th of March 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 quarter of the barrels were allowed to pass through malolactic fermentation to enhance the finished wines fine saline/creamy/chalky complexity. The wine was blended with full lees kept in tank for 2 months to settle and was bottled with minimal filtration on 4th of February 2021.
Technical

Vineyard: Medhurst Estate Vineyard, Gruyere
Block: A Block
Clone: I10v1,
Soil: Mountain derived brown/grey loams, gravelly duplex clays
Alcohol: 13.0 %
pH: 3.30
TA: 6.5

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