Every aspect of making this wine seeks to allow our unique vineyard characteristics to shine through, developing a complexity and texture that truly cool
climate chardonnay fruit can carry so well. Carefully hand harvested from Delamere's oldest vines in the cool of the morning, the fruit is pressed directly
into Burgundian coopered French oak and allowed to undergo natural wild fermentation. Partial malolactic fermentation and months of lees stirring are an integral part of crafting this wine.
The 2011 is every bit as good as previous vintages and with bottle development will become an outstanding chardonnay.
The wine is taut and elegant now but already shows signs of the texture and complexity that will develop over the coming months.
Showing citrus blossom and notes of hazelnut on the nose. An elegant, creamy palate with fresh quince and white nectarine characters,
a lemony acidity giving great length. This is a unique wine that matches well to a variety of dishes and will reward careful cellaring for up to 7 years.
Close-planted vines at 7000/ha on own roots, low trellis, non-irrigated, cane pruned vertical shoot position.
The chardonnay is Penfolds 58 and I10V1 clones. Cropping levels in 2011 were 6 tonnes/ha.
The 2011 season was notoriously challenging in Tasmania, with high rainfall and warm weather leading to high risk of disease.
However, where fastidious vineyard management was applied wonderful wines have resulted due to low crop levels and humid condition.
|Region||Pipers River, Tasmania|
|Oak||Mercurey, Siruge and Francois Feres. 35% new, balance 2 and 3 year old