J.E Chardonnay 2017
"Spritely fresh and simultaneously complex. Too good for the price!" - Erinn Klein, Winemaker
This upfront wine boasts a robust nose of citrus zest and fresh, ripe peaches with just a whisper of sweet vanilla and a rounded, yeasty character. The palate reveals greater depths with layers of texture, cashew creaminess and velvety phenolics. A chardonnay that delivers greatly at every level.
While wines in our NGERINGA range are single vineyard, our J.E range wines are ‘assemblies’ of fruit from across our vineyards. J.E Chardonnay hails from our leaner Chardonnay parcels from the cooler and lower parts of the Summit Vineyard, while some vintages include a splash of Viognier from our warmer Nairne Vineyard.
Fruit from across the Summit vineyard, primarily from the lower, deep-sand portion. 100% whole-bunch pressed. 20% short rinse (2-3 weeks) in new French barrels. Aged for 10 months in a mix of older French oak barriques and puncheons. 100% malolactic fermentation.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled. Small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
Vintage 2017 was notable for a variety of reasons. Having kicked off the season back in early spring with an early bud burst, cooler and considerably wetter conditions set in, slowing down vine flowering. Wet soils through spring and early summer, including a storm of cataclysmic proportions in late December, combined with cool nights right through January, culminated in an uncommonly slow, late veraison - the stage when grapes begin to sweeten and take on colour. Despite the wet weather, we managed to avoid the worst of the common fungal pitfalls through vigilance and persistence in the vineyards. By February and March, warmer, dryer days finally prevailed allowing for a long, slow ripening period and a comparatively late harvest. During this final phase, the grapes achieved excellent phenological ripeness with structured tannins and ripe flavours. The sum total of the conditions were ultimately perfect for our preferred style of winegrowing, yielding wines that are elegant and refined but with fully ripe, balanced characters. The wines from the 2017 vintage will be ones to watch.