Kangaroo Island is a cooler wine growing region than McLaren Vale and as a result this chardy is a tighter style than the Chardonnay that we make using our Bosworth organic McLaren Vale grapes (it is very interesting doing the side-by-side tasting; the differences are quite obvious). It shows cashew and white stone fruit on the nose, buttered toast characters on the palate and a lovely length and finish.
Vintage 2021 was a dream, a little bit like Baby Bears porridge; just right. We had good rains (above average) in the preceding winter, not too much heat during spring and summer, very few heat spikes during harvest and dry throughout the ripening period.
We pick the grapes at night and bring them back to our Battle of Bosworth winery in Willunga, McLaren Vale. Grapes are gently pressed off their skins and then pumped into oak barrels (we use mainly hogsheads which are 500 litres). We use about 30% new oak; the rest is older oak. The chardonnay undergoes a full barrel ferment
We don’t allow the wine to go through the secondary fermentation (malolactic or MLF) as we want to keep the nice crunchy acidity. We bottle after about 6 months in oak, give or take.
Vineyard block: A Block
Picking Date: 27th February 2021
Bottling Date: 30th August 2021