2011 Whitehaven Chardonnay
Colour / Appearance:Deep straw, with a bright clarity.
Aroma / Bouquet:Bright peach, nectarine and pear fruit flavours, with intriguing dried straw, nut and oak char notes.
Palate:A medium to full bodied wine with finely balanced acidity and a soft creamy texture. The complex array of fruit and savoury flavours is carried on the long, clean finish.
Cellaring:Best enjoyed in the first 3 to 4 years, but the wine has the structure and closure to allow continued development with careful cellaring.
Food Match:A perfect match for Mediterranean food, pork or chicken pies and creamy mushroom pastas.
Residual Sugar:4.4 g/L
Titratable Acidity:6.8 g/L
Harvest Date:31st March 2011
Locality:Fruit was sourced from the Mendoza clone, grown on the property of Anne & Bruce McLauchlan, Wratts Road, Rapaura.
Climate:The early ripening season was mild and dry. Favourable conditions over budburst lead to a good fruit set. Wetter weather over late December caused rapid growth and a need for careful canopy management. The later part of the season was both warm and dry, with cool nights to retain acid freshness and delicate flavours.
Vine Management:Vines are trained to two canes on a vertical trellis, with balanced pruning, shoot thinning, tucking and trimming to achieve an open, healthy canopy.
Winemaking:The fruit was either hand-picked and whole bunch pressed or machine picked in cool evening conditions. Pressings were kept separate to minimise phenolics. Juice was lightly settled before being fermented with a selected yeast strain to aid development of the creamy mouth feel. Halfway through fermentation, the juice was transferred to French oak puncheons of which 45% were new. Lees stirring was undertaken regularly during the 10 months of maturation to aid palate texture and richness.
Winemaker:Sam Smail and Diana Katardzhieva