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2016 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Chardonnay

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A bright and frisky number from Wirra Wirra. Stone fruits and lemons adorn the nose, whilst the palate is light, vibrant and crunchy, with a ripe peachy centre, zippy acidity and a refreshing, lip-smacking finish. Just the thing for those unexpected guests.

Winemaker's Notes

When the late Greg Trott christened a flat, barren landscape at the front of our winery ‘Scrubby Rise’, he started a theme that things aren’t always as they seem at Wirra Wirra. In keeping with Trott’s laid back Aussie humour, today the vineyard is overlooked by a viewing platform known as ‘The Jetty’, while a well dressed gent in a red boat rows between the vines. The message is not to take life too seriously.

Region: Adelaide Hills (35%), Fleurieu Peninsula (32%), McLaren Vale (31%)

Colour: Pale straw with light green hues.

Bouquet: Plenty of bright citrus fruit, alongside fresh peach and nectarine. Youthful and varietal Chardonnay.

Palate: Rich, succulent stone fruits are gently supported by a fine layer of cedar and subtle creamy texture.

Drink: Drink while young and fresh.

Food Match: Baked pesto chicken with rocket and roasted lemon halves, or chat potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Vinification: Once optimal ripeness was achieved the fruit was machine picked in the cool of the night, crushed and de-stemmed to Wirra Wirra’s Wilmes bag press. Pressings were separated from the free-run juices and then cold settled for 4 – 7 days. The clear juice was racked off solids prior to fermentation. A relatively cool fermentation took place over 15 days. A small portion was fermented in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak. Once the ferment was completely dry and settled, the wine was blended, stabilised and lightly fined before filtration and bottling.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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