2016 Arfion Chardonnay - $35

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2016 Arfion Chardonnay - $35

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We believe that Chardonnay should have real flavour without being overly lean or acidic. We want to have fruit weight and texture but in a subtle way.

Our 16 Chardonnay shows nutty, just ripe nectarine and white flower aromatics. A moreish savoury style with a slippery mouthfeel followed by crisp orange zest tang.

Volume 160 cases

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Full Moon Vineyard – Gladysdale – Upper Yarra – Yarra Valley

We work with Simon Harte at the Full Moon Vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley. Located on grey loam soils over a gentle west facing slope in Gladysdale, this immaculate vineyard is tendered to like a garden. It’s a marginal subregion for grapegrowing but with careful vineyard management these mature vines have produced pristine, powerful fruit.

Vintage

Spring 2015 started with a bang.

Winter warmth, an abundance of soil water and above average spring temperatures steered an early budburst, fast shoot growth and great fruit yield. Everything was happening at a head spinning rate over the growing season and just as we were taking a breath, a little sporadic harvest rain came to test us with elevated disease pressure. Luckily, bright warm days followed, which produced the healthy and clean fruit we were asking for. Flavours were great at low sugar levels, so it was decided to pick relatively early, while acids were fresh and these flavours were pretty and bright.

Winemaking Stats

Picking Date – 22 Feb 2016             Variety - 100% Chardonnay      Clone – 76/96   

pH - 3.25                                                        TA – 7.4 g/L                                           Baume – 12.0

Probably the least complicated wine we make. Whole bunches are pressed cold after a night in the cool room. Full solids to 2 old 500L puncheons and one second use puncheon to complete wild fermentation up to 25 deg C. Low sulphur maturation with no stirring. Racked without filtration to bottle after 10 months in oak.

Bottling Date – 7th Dec 2016        pH - 3.35                TA – 6.6 g/L           Alc - 13.0%           RS < 2 g/L