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2017 Gorge Block Chardonnay

McLaren Vale, South Australia
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2017 - 2023

At our winery vineyard we are fortunate to be the custodians of one of the most unique and inspiring vineyard sites in McLaren Vale. The picturesque undulating hills and ancient geological formations are enhanced by our elevation, as the site perfectly capitalises on the cleansing coastal influence.
Each individual block on this vineyard is distinctive and charismatic due to its expressive geology and unique meso-climate. For this reason we have decided to showcase the uniqueness of our winery vineyard in The Chosen range of single block wines.



Winemaking Notes

In order to ensure that the resultant wine expresses the soul and nature of the block a minimal winemaking intervention philosophy was utilised.
The grapes are hand harvested, hand selected, gently pressed and then only the delicate and aromatic free run juice fraction is utilized for this wine. Barrel fermentation was carried out in a mix of new, 1, 2 and 3 year old tight grained French oak barrels. This ensures that the oak only gently enhances and compliments the natural and pure Chardonnay fruit characters.
The barrels were minimally stirred over the 7 months to subtly integrate the fruit flavours and the complexing characters and also to promote delicate nutty and creamy nuances. The wine was bottled under screw cap to preserve the full fruit flavour potential and to also increase the ageing potential.
There are no fining agents added to this wine.

Growing Conditions

Above average winter rainfall was followed by a cold, wet and windy spring. A dry, and relatively warm, February to mid-April allowed for even ripening and optimal development of flavour. The resultant wines are vibrant and fresh with great natural acidity.