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.

Food Pairing

Mild risottos, chicken salads and seafood dishes.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Chardonnay – Clones CY 270, CY 548A, CY 95/96 and 277D
Root stock Richter 110 and 101 – 14 Mgt
Soil type Tukulu
Age of vines Planted August 2004
Plant density 2300 – 2500 vines/ha
Trellising 7 wire Perold with moveable foliage wires
Pruning Spur pruning
Yield 11 t/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
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
Yeasts Davis 522
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
pH 3.22
Total acid 5.6 g/l
Alcohol 13.70%
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.

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