Uncultured Chardonnay 2018
A spritely chardonnay that is ready to drink now. Fresh pure fruit and simultaneously complex. - Erinn Klein, Winemaker
This upfront wine boasts a robust nose of citrus zest and fresh yellow peaches with hints of vanilla and spice from subtle oak usage. The palate reveals greater depths with layers of texture, cashew creaminess, velvety phenolics and crisp acidity.
The fruit for UNCULTURED Chardonnay is planted on an easterly facing slope at 380m above sea level on a soil of sandy loam over clay. The top of the vineyard has views over Lake Alexandrina and the mouth of the Murray, which make themselves known on summer evenings with a strong cooling breeze despite daytime temperatures. The vines are planted at a density of 6800 vines/ha.
Fruit from across the Summit vineyard. 100% whole-bunch pressed. 20% short rinse (2-3 weeks) in new French barrels. Aged for 11 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. Minimal amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
The winter and spring of 2017 leading up our 2018 harvest were drier and warmer than average with a relative early bud burst and flowering and not a lot of water reserves in the soil. Our vines required supplementary irrigation from first week of January to moderate vine stress due to a hot dry summer that continued right up to vintage. Our yields for most varieties were above average with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producing at just over a kilogram per vine, while our Syrah was on average just on target with 1kg per plant.
Fruit concentration was good while the acid balance was a little down due to the hot and dry conditions, especially if we compare it to 2017 which in contrast was a cool, long and slow ripening season. Finally the wines is the cellar show amazing concentration and in summary the single vineyard wines are shaping up to look like one of the better vintages to date.