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2011 PHI Single Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay

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Cracka Review

Top Yarra Chardonnay with some very welcome years under its belt, this is delicious white wine with complexity to burn. Nougat and white peach, with everything backed by sensational acidity.

Winemaker's Notes

Region: Yarra Valley

Vineyard: Clone P58; planted 1985; vine density 3500 per ha. Vines are cane pruned to 25 buds and shoot thinned in the early growth stages to 18-20 bunches per vine. Fruit is hand picked into small crates, then chilled to 10°C before being transported to the winery.

Appearance: Pale colour.

Bouquet: White flowers, minerally, briney aromas.

Palate: Super fine flavours, gentle acidity, brioche, delicious.

Philosophy: Chardonnay from this vineyard shows delicacy, complexity and minerality. Varietal intensity and oak influence are generally in balance with the vineyard site and seasonal characters.

Vintage conditions: 2011 is a classic Chardonnay vintage. Cool moist weather, slow ripening, terrific acidity, long living white wine.

Winemaking: Bunches are hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. Juice is allowed to settle overnight and is then racked to barrel to complete fermentation using natural yeast. The wine completes malolactic fermentation to reduce the prominence of primary fruit characters and is then stirred intermittently until spring. In December, the wine is gravity racked and bottled in early January

Food match: These more full bodied styles match well with:
Creamy pasta - white wine and cream sauces; mushroom risotto.
Chicken - grilled chicken; chicken caesar salad.
Hard cheeses - parmesan; roumano; vintage gouda.

Alc/vol: 12.0%

expert reviews about

2011 PHI Single Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; a very refined style with primary emphasis on mouthfeel, texture and structure, paradoxically stemming from the fruit rather than the oak; it is creamy, yet fine, the stone fruit flavours subtle, the acidity gently drawing out the long finish.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
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Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
This precise and delicate chardonnay is all about site. It comes from the Shelmerdine family's Lusatia Park Vineyard where the site, its aspect and microclimate produce wonderful fruit expression ideally suited to this minimalist winemaking approach. Winemaker Steve Webber has captured the site and variety perfectly.
93

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