Sutherland Chardonnay 2012

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 4 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 16.32 t/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Vintage Dry season with cool weather during the ripening period resulting in ideal conditions for production of elegant, well balanced white wines
Picking date 12th – 28th February 2012
Grape sugar 23.51 °B
Acidity 6.05 g/l
pH at harvest 3.45
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.
Production 26 000 bottles
Residual sugar 1.7 g/l
pH 3.31
Total acid 6.3 g/l
Alcohol 13.72%
Maturation 2014 – 2018

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.

All vintages:

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010