Restrained tropical fruits, citrus and orange blossom, as well as a hint of white stone fruit (nectarine) characterise the 2007 Chardonnay on the nose. The palate similarly shows restrained tropical fruit and exhibits balance and a satisfying evenness with a clean, fresh, citrus finish.
Vintage 2007 marked the culmination of a record drought in McLaren Vale (and indeed the rest of Australia) which resulted in tiny crops, from unexpectedly healthy vines. Whites in particular kept their basal leaves far longer than was expected which protected fruit from sunburn. Vintage 2007 started (and finished) approximately one month early and fruit is characterised by good acid retention, power AND elegance……altogether an unusual but excellent vintage. Both red and white wines have amazing potential.
Picked early at 12.5° Beaumé, the Chardonnay was gently pressed off and fermented in stainless steel to preserve the fresh aromas of citrus fruits and tight acidity and structure. The Viognier, true to its variety, required longer on the vine for the grapes to reach full flavour, ripeness and texture, and was picked at about 14.0° Beaumé. This component of the wine was fermented in older French barriques.
Picking Date: Chardonnay2nd February 2007 and 9th February 2007 Viognier: 21st February 2007
pH Level: 3.34
Total Acidity: 6.75g/L
Bottling Date: 27th June 2007