Chardonnay Adelaide & Eden South Australia
Grant Burge is a fifth generation vigneron and one of Australia's most industry respected winemakers. He retains an intimate knowledge of Barossa vineyards and is well positioned to select the pick of Chardonnay from the choicest cool climate sites. A large portion is sourced from Burge's own Summers property in Eden Valley, a further component is picked off vines planted to higher altitudes in Adelaide Hills. Subtle oak treatments play a role, imparting depth and framing the fruit while supporting the fine palate structure.
The history of the Burge family and their long association with winemaking in the region can be traced back to March 1855% Throughout his career, Burge has been one of the most respected and innovative forces in the Australian wine industry. Chardonnay grapes are chilled and whole bunch pressed before a combination of cultured and natural indigenous yeast ferments ensue in a mix of seasoned and French oak hogsheads with solids to assist the mouthfeel. Smaller components are treated to vinification in controlled fermenters and a course of malolactic. Components are matured for eight months with regular stirring of lees to infuse complexity and build creamy palate texture.
Bright golden hues. Delicate aromas of citrus, white peaches and spice. The palate exhibits incredible balance, fruit flavours are fully integrated with lime acidity and a hint of creaminess provided by lees stirring. The balance creates a wine with superb length and refinement. Food matches such as spiced quail, roasted pork loin with fennel or seafood gumbo allow Summers Vineyard to fully express itself.