Chardonnay Barossa, Eden, Adelaide South Australia
An assemblage of four vineyard sites chosen for their unique capacity to construct a wine that is so much greater than the sum of parts. For twenty years, Kellermeister have been perfecting the Chardonnay, fashioned to be a chaste wine from exclusively free run juices. Virgin offers a great depth of fruit driven flavours with a touch of herbaceousness in wonderfully unoaked styling.
Inherent to the inclusion of grapes are considerations of clonal selection, soil type and climate. Each parcel is treated individually based on past experience with the vineyard or with a view to gain maximum complexity in the finished wine. The base is crushed and chilled, then held on skins for up to twenty four hours prior to gentle pressing using a Willmes membrane on low solids extraction cycle. Other parcels are hand harvested a little earlier, gently loaded into the presses and treated to battonage or malolactic. Parcels are inoculated with different yeasts, fermentation is carried out at lower temperatures for an extended period with regular tank rummage to enhance yeast autolysis until the final assembly.
Light straw gold in colour. A complex style displaying rich, ripe Chardonnay and stone fruit characters reminiscent of lychee and peach. The delicacy of hazelnuts, kiwi and tangerine, combined with subtle complexity brings to this wine it's renown and pedigree. There is an underlying richness from the time spent on lees and a subtle complexity of the malolactic ferment component. The finish is soft with a hint of fruit sweetness balanced by judicious acidity to leave a long, flavoursome finish. With its good structure and engaging comlexity, Virgin is an excellent match to white meats and fresh seafood.