2018 Santolin ‘Gladysdale’ Chardonnay
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2018 Santolin ‘Gladysdale’ Chardonnay

$40.00

Complex aromas of toast, yeast and flint with hint of white flower and white stone fruit. Textural palate with notes of white peach, grapefruit and well integrated oak.

“Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed before an indigenous fermentation. A small portion was skin-inflected, conferring a waft of phenolics and flavour intensity. Maturation: all French wood (35% new), 10 months. Delicious. Long and intense, brimming with white nectarine, tatami, cedar-vanillin oak and truffled, wild yeast, nougat scents. This is tightly furled, nascent and virile. The smoky oak riding uber alles.” ~ Ned Goodwin, 94 points, 2020 Halliday Wine Companion.

Winemaking

This 2018 Chardonnay is produced from fruit grown on a single block from the Willowlake vineyard in Gladysdale, Upper Yarra Valley. It has been crafted with minimal intervention, using natural fermentation, no fining and only a single filtration before bottling.

Hand picking commenced on March 4th 2018. Grapes were chilled overnight then whole bunch pressed, and the juice transferred to a mixture of new and old French oak barrels. A portion of the grapes were fermented on skins to add texture and mouthfeel. Once dry, the wine was left to mature on lees until blending, where the wine underwent a single, course filtration before bottling.

Technical

Varieties: 100% Yarra Valley Chardonnay.

Alcohol: 13.0%

pH: 3.30

TA: 6.6g/l

Cellaring: 5-7 years

Fermentation: Wild Ferment in oak

Oak Maturation: 10 months in 100% French oak – 30% new

Total Production: 265 dozen

Additional Notes: Suitable for vegans

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