Spring was warm and dry providing excellent conditions for the season ahead. The summer saw consistently high temperatures but very even conditions prevailed, with none of the extreme heat days we have experienced in some recent vintages.
2013 vintage fruit arrived at the winery in excellent condition across-the-board, free from disease and at perfect ripeness levels – terrific flavour and acid retention in the whites and pinot showing great colour, flavour and balance. The winemakers predict 2013 to be the best ‘odd’ year since 2005.
45% Mendoza (Blocks 1 & 6), 35% P58 Clone (Block 1), 20% B96 (Block 4)
The fruit was carefully handpicked on 21-23 February and arrived at the winery in pristine condition. Every parcel of chardonnay was handled separately in the winery, with minimal intervention. The chardonnay was crushed, pressed and transferred with solids, into tight grain 500L French oak puncheons (10% new) to undergo natural fermentation. It was then left to mature on lees for 11 months, without malolactic fermentation proceeding, until bottling in February 2014.
A fine, pure and intense aroma with classic notes of citrus blossom and grapefruit pith. The palate is fine with great depth of flavour. Tightly wound together with a precise minerality, the wine has beautiful line and length.
Optimum drinking - 2019-2026