Sutherland Chardonnay 2011
This wine has a beautiful light straw colour with hints of green. The nose shows pure marmalade fruit and complex yeasty flavours in a nice harmony with toasty oak. The palate is clean and pure with a lovely texture and finishes long.
Drinking well, and will develop for 3 more years.
Mild risottos, chicken salads and seafood dishes.
|Varietal||Chardonnay – Clones CY 270, CY 548A, CY 95/96 and 277D|
|Root stock||Richter 110 and 101 – 14 Mgt|
|Age of vines||Planted August 2004|
|Plant density||2300 – 2500 vines/ha|
|Trellising||7 wire Perold with moveable foliage wires|
|Vintage||One of the more difficult vintages in recent years. Warm spells of weather, with random rainy periods during the ripening period.|
|Picking date||12th – 22nd February 2011|
|Grape sugar||22.5 – 23 °B|
|Acidity||6.5 – 7.0 g/l|
|pH at harvest||3.25 – 3.3|
|Fermentation temp||19 °C|
|Method||Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 228 L French oak barrels. The wine spends 10 months on its gross fermentation lees, with the lees being stirred every fortnight.|
|Residual sugar||1.7 g/l|
|Total acid||5.6 g/l|
|Maturation||2011 – 2015|
Fresh citrus flavours combine brilliantly with toasty, creamy oak. This wine has pure, clean fruit, leaving one with a lovely fresh finish. This wine shows surprising complexity for such a young wine. Will age gracefully.