Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
Tucked away off the beaten track, an ancient barn at Jones Road offers fantastic vistas of the rolling Moorooduc countryside. But the converted piggery is not just about sightseeing. The neighbouring Grange and Nepean Blocks deliver small but splendid harvests of intense Chardonnay grapes with superb flavour development and bright natural acidity. The team aim to capture all the classic Mornington Peninsula grapefruit, peach and nectarine fruit characters, retaining all the freshness whilst adding complexity and texture throughout the vinification process.
Vines are cane pruned and shoot thinning is performed as early as possible in September to ensure a low number of shoots per vine to create an open canopy. This provides good air circulation and even ripening. Summer pruning on the northern side promotes a relatively early harvest. Hand picked fruit is whole bunch pressed and cold settled before being run to barrel or fermenters for vinification at low temperatures to preserve vital fruit characters. The French oak component is lees stirred over the course of three months to promote oak integration and textural complexity. Parcels are assembled into a style which can best achieve great elegance, character and depth. Alcohol 12.5%
A brilliant medium straw colour. Bouquet of citrus, stonefruit and developed lees richness. Oyster shell complexity with hints of caramel, barrel ferments and vanilla. A wonderful mineral texture on the taut, fruit filled palate, offering great length while exhibiting drying grapefruit characters, peaches and nectarine, smooth complex texture and effortless balance.