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2018 Clairault Estate Chardonnay

2018 Clairault Estate Chardonnay

Vintage Conditions

After an unseasonable dry early Winter, late rains in August and September came to the rescue. Significant rain events persisted through to mid-October, with conditions fining up through the flowering period enabling successful flowering and fruit set. Harvest began on the 27th January, in line with the earliest picking dates on record, trailing out until completion on the 13th April.

Winemaking Note

The fruit for our Estate Chardonnay is selected from our best blocks of fruit and hand-picked. The fruit is chilled and whole-cluster pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in a combination of old and new French oak barriques. The wine is sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Pure, tense and focused. Pear flesh, zest and porcelain-like tannin drive forward a message of serenity and true fruit expression. A lattice of fine French oak, granite and grapefruit pith serve as a platform for an unyielding finish of white flowers, lemon curd and hints of gun-smoke.

Accolades

93 Points - Halliday Wine Companion 2021

Cellaring

Enjoyed for its freshness now, or cellar up to 8 years for further complexity.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vineyard Designation
Bridgeland Vineyard
Acid
6.69g/L
pH
3.19
Aging
Up to 10 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.
Fermentation
Barrel
Residual Sugar
1.25g/L
Alcohol %
13.3
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A pale green chardonnay with aromas of white peach flesh and mother of pearl. Lightly toasted cashews hit the nose, as do hints of wet granite and flint. The palate has a soft entry of jasmine flower, pear and citrus blossum flecked with pristine acidity and slight honeyed notes. Fine textures and pithy acidity at its core, finishing with yet more blossums, stone fruit and wet slate tones.
Vineyard Notes
Bridgeland Vineyard Sub-region of Karridale
Production Notes
The fruit for our Estate Chardonnay is selected from our best blocks of fruit and hand-picked. The fruit is chilled and whole-cluster pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in a combination of old and new French oak barriques. The wine is sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity before bottling.
Other Notes
The nature of the 2016 to 2017 vintage is reminiscent of the 2009 growing season, because the amount of accumulated warmth up until early new year was remarkably similar. January temperatures were similar to historical data for the area, in contrast, February and March were a fraction cooler. Those who risked all by waiting for the Indian Summer were rewarded with tannin ripeness and the retention of the most beautiful fruit perfumes at relatively low sugar levels. The 2017 vintage highlighted the importance of best practice vineyard management, focusing on the basics of open and well solarised canopies, with balanced crop loads, so that the fruit could ripen at a reasonable pace.