Gilbert - Chardonnay 2016
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Handpicked, fruit selected and hand sorted at harvest, these grapes were harvested in small lots in the early morning, to take advantage of the cool morning temperatures.
At harvest, the grapes were placed in 1/2 - 1 tonne bins only, to enable better quality control and detect any fruit variation. To avoid any skin maceration, fruit was destemmed only, and must chilled 10°C. The must is then drained and soft pressed only with each incremental increase in pressure. Following this, the juice is cold settled and racked, then warmed to 15-16°C with a small component undergoing wild fermentation and the remainder being inoculated with selected yeast culture.
Fermented and matured in a combination of new 1, 2 & 3 year French oak and 600L concrete egg. During this time, partial malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was left on light less and was stirred weekly for 3 months, and slowed to monthly thereafter it was then matured in tank for a further 6 months on lees before bottling in June 2017.
The overall emphasis is to maintain balance between the characteristicsof the fruit and the oak, in order to best express the elegance and finesse of this varietal and terrior. - Gilbert