2016 Rileys of Eden Valley Old Vine Chardonnay

Vineyard: Riley's Chardonnay is made from premium, single vineyard grapes grown in the cool climate of Eden Valley. The vines are hand pruned and picked each year to ensure a high standard is maintain of vineyard management.

Season: The vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. Rainfall came in early March which and allowed the vines to refresh without damaging wine grapes. Open vine canopies assisted with maintaining low disease pressure and allowed light to ripen wine grapes without sunburn damage.

Wine making: Handpicked Chardonnay grapes were gently pressed and fermented at controlled temperature using cultured yeast in tank. When fermented the juice was transferred to new French oak barrels to remain on yeast lees for 12 months with 12% going through Malolactic fermentation.

Appearance: Straw

Aroma/Bouquet: Toasted nut aromas with stone fruits and French oak nuances.

Palate:  Toasted French oak with cashew nuts and orange citrus intertwine with peach and pear. A complex and buttery texture displaying balanced acidity and subtle mineral notes.

Food Pairing: Djion Cassoeula of chicken, Three cheese mushroom risotto, rich pasta dishes or spicy Thai chicken red curry.

Alcohol: 13%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 10+ years

Wine consultant: Joanne Irvine

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