A medium to full-bodied style, but tight at the same time. A nose of nougat, cashew custard apple and a hint of peach. The nose has lovely spice and flint too. Super fresh and bright with super acidity.
We had a dry-ish winter with late rains (they came eventually in August). The growing season was cool and reasonably dry. We had very few hot days during the ripening period and started picking (Chardonnay) about 12 days later than the previous year. Crops were small, similar in volume to 2022. The quality of fruit was excellent for both red and white varieties.
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 stop the wine going through malo (malo = malolactic fermentation, where malic acid is converted to lactic acid leading to a reduction in acidity. We want to keep the lovely crunchy acidity and don't want to soften it. We bottle the Chardonnay after about 6 months in oak.
Vineyard block: A Block and Kate's Block
Picking Date: 23 February 2023
Bottling Date: 9th October 2023 460 x 6 x 750ml bottle