Reserve Chardonnay 2021

Product Code: RCH21

Price: $45.00

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Dry Grown Reserve Chardonnay 2021

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Alcohol 13.0 % a/v, Acidity 7.0 g/l, pH 3.19, Residual Sugar 2.1 g/l

TASTING NOTES

Colour: The Reserve Chardonnay is pale straw and vibrant in appearance. .

Aroma: The nose is lifted and complex with noticeable aromas of white peach and tropical fruit in synergy with a wonderful bouquet of new French oak, integrated with touches of honeyed butteryness.

Palate: The palate is a continuation of these characters and combines rich and youthful fruits, reminiscent of fig, lemon rind and melon, balanced with a lively zestiness and overlaid on a rich creamy mid palate, finishing long and fresh.

VINEYARD

Fruit sourced from our 41 year old 12 hectare Dry Grown Vineyard. Our old vines are not irrigated; something quite unusual in these days of mass commercial production. We prefer low-yielding wine crops with small berries. Although it limits our volume, having smaller fruit fosters an intensity of the flavour, with most of the colour and tannin of the grape being concentrated in or near the skin. The characteristically cool climate of the district ensures slow ripening of the grapes, which also allows for the development of rich flavour and quality grape juice. Grown on ancient gravely loams in Mount Barker, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, an are renowned for excellence in cool climate viticulture. Our old vines are all cane pruned and yield 2 tonne per hectare with small bunch weights which add intensity of character and flavour. Galafrey harvest their grapes from mid March to late April depending on the season.

VINTAGE COMMENTS

After 2 years of lower volumes and drier years. This year was a reminder of what vintage is always like, fast pace as you battle the weather. Did you love the 2013 reds? Intense in flavour. Well, that is 2021. Big wines, big flavours and not that easy to juggle in the winery. The biggest difference this vintage was the rainfall in Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb with 121ml of rain. A wet February saw 51 ml fall for the month to start us of for vintage. January max temp was 39.5 degrees, February was 36.2, March was 37 degrees. With lots of beastly eastly drying winds in the first few weeks of the January.

WINEMAKING

The dry, cool climate of Mount Barker provide ideal conditions for the chardonnay, which was made with fermentation in new french barrels for 12 months. We endeavour through meticulous viticulture and wine production sympathetic to the vintage conditions to produce a wine that will express varietal characters in tune with its sense of place Winemaking is geared toward producing a wine that is well balanced, lively, well structured and most importantly drinkable.

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