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Kangarilla Road Organic Chardonnay

Winemaker's Notes

The impact of Summer was felt in McLaren Vale in 2014 with two major heatwaves in both January and February testing grapevine tolerance to extreme conditions.

Relief came with a major rain event with 40mm falling in 24 hours. This signalled the beginning of a pattern of cooler daytime temperatures which, together with the water that was retained by the vines, had the effect of delaying harvest allowing flavour to balance with sugar ripeness.

This, our third organic Chardonnay is made from a fully certified 'A' grade vineyard in the Willunga sub region. Organic farming is essentially a traditional or historical approach to farming where no synthetic chemicals are used and intervention is minimal.

30% of the wine was fermented in new French oak hogsheads and remained in oak for one month. This light use of oak contributes subtle texture to what is essentially a crisp fresh Chardonnay style.

Aromas of Granny Smith apples and pears on the nose with tantalising notes of orange blossom.

The palate is fresh and bright with citrus flavours reminiscent of finger limes and orange oil.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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Kangarilla Road Organic Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
The wine has a low pH (3.16), 30% fermented and matured for 1 month in new French hogsheads, the remainder in stainless steel. Has more presence, drive and overall fruit flavour than its Adelaide Hills sibling, and greater freshness. All in all, a surprising and contrasting success.
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