Thelema “Ed’s Reserve” Chardonnay 2017
“This barrel-fermented Chardonnay was made from a clone which always gives us a deliciously fragrant and characterful wine, quite unlike our other Chardonnays. So we decided to bottle it separately and have named it after another unique gem, my mother-in-law Edna.” – Gyles Webb
The track record of this wine indicates cellaring of up to 8 years is well rewarded.
The silky texture of this wine will match delicate and fine food such as shellfish or carpaccio.
This fragrant wine shows distinctive lime, peppery and floral aromas so typical of this unique vineyard. The palate is elegant with delicate fruit flavours, lovely yeasty notes and a long finish.
|Varietal||Chardonnay – clone ER 166|
|Soil type||Hutton – decomposed granite|
|Age of vines||Planted 1985|
|Plant density||3989 vines per hectare|
|Pruning||2-bud spurs every 12cm|
|Vintage||Cool nights throughout the growing season with dry warm days resulted in healthy grapes with smaller berries with great intensity of flavour.|
|Picking date||1 February 2017|
|Grape sugar||22.0 °B|
|pH at harvest||3.42|
|Yeasts||Lalvin M / D522|
|Fermentation temp||About 17 °C|
|Method||De-stalk, crush, overnight skin-contact, pressed, settled in horizontal stainless steel tanks and fermented in 228 L French oak barrels, 10 months in 15% new wood with the balance being 2nd & 3rd fill barrels.|
|Residual Sugar||2.1 g/l|
|Total acid||6.1 g/l|
|Alcohol||13 % by volume|
|Maturation||Drinking well now, and will develop more complexity over the next 3 years|
The Current Range
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