2019 Heirloom Vineyards Adelaide Hills Assen's Fortalice Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Vineyard: The vineyard is located in the Adelaide region near Charleston. A pristine site for a Chardonnay vineyard, with clones and viticulture resulting in cutting edge quality and results.

Season: A challenging season to say the least with fruit production reduced by 20 to 50% due to a range of factors; wind effecting flowers, berry set and irregular rainfall. The spring growing season began well with good rains wetting the soil profile for a successful bud burst and positive sign of plenty of fruit bunches. The growing season was generally cool with a few extreme heatwaves to contend with in January-February. 2019 turned out to provide high quality wine grapes, with concentrated fruit in limited supply.

Wine makingHand picked grape bunches were carefully sorted before a natural fermentation on free run juice. The wine was then bottled without delay to retain the premium fruit purity.

Appearance: Pale green and golden straw.

Aroma/Bouquet: Freshly shucked oyster shells, white peach and nectarines. Highly perfumed with more aromatics appearing with time in the glass; cucumber, honeysuckle and fresh ripe rockmelon.

Palate: Silky yet structured with rich complex fruit characters undercutting mineral flavours and crunchy acidity. An exceptional wine to enjoy now but with patience, it shall reward.

Food Pairing: Freshly shucked oysters and lemon wedges, seafood marinara pasta with a dash of red pepper.

Alcohol: 12.5%

pH: 3.08

Acidity: 7.21 g/L

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: Now - 8+ years

Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide, Rosie Signer

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