NGERINGA Single Vineyard Summit Chardonnay 2018 750mL
Aromas of white fleshy peach, spring forest blossoms and flint stone, alongside notes of crushed cashews and well integrated oak. A Chardonnay with tension, fresh flavours and acidity while also complex and showing potential to shine with more age in bottle.
The grapes for this wine are from our east-facing Summit Vineyard which collects more of the morning sunlight and less of the intense, direct afternoon heat. Vineyard altitude ranges between 330m and 360m above sea level, and the soil consists of sandy loam over red-orange clay, sandstone and ironstone. Fruit for our Single Vineyard Chardonnay comes from a small section in the middle of this vineyard where the balance of topsoil over subsoil is optimal for vine balance, flavour concentration and structure. The entire farm is certified biodynamic and is farmed with the rhythms of nature, tending towards a self-sustaining system without the use of synthetic chemical inputs.
The Chardonnay grapes are hand harvested gently into small 15kg crates, then whole bunch pressed with minimal settling into new (30%) and old French oak barriques (228L). Fermentation begins spontaneously with wild yeast from our vineyards and winery, with malolactic fermentation occurring naturally. Wines mature on full lees for 11 months with no battonage. A small dose of sulphur is added at blending, just prior to bottling. No enzymes, no fining, no filtration.
Closure: Stelvin Screw Cap
The 2018 growing season experienced variable weather with good subsoil moisture from late winter rains. Summer experienced some warm to hot periods, which were always followed by cooler conditions, enabling a healthy canopy and protected bunches. This trend continued during veraison leading to excellent flavor development. Picking decisions were critical in order to capture the balance of natural acidity and depth of fruit.