STANIFORD GREAT SOUTHERN RESERVE CHARDONNAY
Made from very low yielding Mendoza clone Chardonnay grown on a mature vineyard in the Albany sub-region, the cool climate moderated by the closeness of the southern ocean giving warmer nights and cooler days because of the constant sea breeze. Perfect for producing opulent and focused fruit flavours. And this year 40% of the blend comes from a mix of the four new 'Bernard' or Burgundian clones from the Bally Fionan Vineyard in Mt Barker. These clones give an extra dimension of fruit flavour to the wine with even more opulence and texture.
Picked when the flavours were at their peak, the juice was gently pressed, settled overnight and then fermented in new and one and two year old French oak barrells. It remained sur-lie and stirred for 10 months before blending and bottling. Fine and elegant with fresh quince, citrus and white peach fruit melded with creamy yeast lees and subtle fine French oak, held tight by lovely acidity.
Delicious to drink now but another five years in the cellar will see it become richer and more complex,
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An exceptional site in the Denbarker region was chosen for it's suitability for Cabernet Sauvignon. 40 kilometres inland means colder nights and shorter ripening time, necessary for maximal tannin development and flavour buildup. It is also in a rain shadow and avoids the rain late in the season that the coastal vineyards can't escape.
A small amount of Merlot and the wonderful Petite Verdot were blended with the Cabernet. So truly a Bordeaux blend. The fruit was very gently crushed, fermented on skins for 8 days with a further ten days post-fermentation maceration then pressed and transferred to French oak hogsheads 40% being new, where it remained for 20 months. Still young, the wine is vibrant red with purple tinges and brimming full of succulent blackcurrant and plummy fruit with anise and spice integrated beautifully with mocha and cedar from the oak, balnced with soft acid and long complex tannins.
Enjoyable drinking now because of it's gorgeous fruit it will age nicely for another 10-12 years.