Chardonnay Eden Valley South Australia
Chardonnay is the Heggies Vineyard flagship, a wine that truly bears the stamp of an exceptional Eden Valley site. Closely planted Burgundian clones form the backbone of the Heggies style and create an extremely low yielding viticultural environment which requires careful management but rewards with an outstanding quality of fruit. Natural fermentation in French oak and the use of indigenous yeasts, oxidative handling and partial malolactic fermentations add to the individuality of the wine, an excellent minerality that contributes to the length and finesse.
Heggies could be called viticultural struggle country. The vines are shy bearing for grapes of intense flavour. There are seven different Chardonnay clones, with three favoured French Bernard variants comprising the majority of the wine. Younger plantings are trained to a vertically shoot positioned canopy and the older vines are on a two wire vertical framework, thus achieving a range of flavour opportunities. Hand picking and gentle whole bunch pressing minimises the extractions and preserves natural fruit aromas, for a fine juice with light solids, inoculated by wild vineyard yeasts. Fermented and matured for up to a year in a high proportion of new French oak barriques. Alcohol 13.0%
Pale straw with green hues. The nose is full of perfumed, vibrant aromas, nectarines and white peach, brioche and white flowers are complemented by a hint of funk thanks to the indigenous yeast. The vibrant palate offers melons and white peach flavours, with beautiful line and length from the wonderfully mouth watering acid, integrated oak complements a fine, elegant palate. The finish is long and persistent with a fresh zestiness.