WINES

TECHNICAL NOTES
Variety:
Chardonnay
Vintage:
2011
Appellation:
Eden Valley, South Australia
Production:
170 (12 x 750ml) cases
Analysis:
PH 3.3
Residual Sugar 2.5 g/l
Total Acidity 5.7 g/l
Alcohol 13%

Tasting Notes:
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2011 Radford Eden Valley Chardonnay

VINEYARDS & HARVEST

Two parcels of grapes were sourced from small family growers in Eden Valley for this wine. The Seppelt family vineyards are planted on the southern fringe of Eden Valley on shallow soils on an eastern facing slope. The March vineyards are almost at the centre of Eden Valley GI on more even terrain and deeper soils. The grapes were all handpicked into 300kg bins, to ensure that the best quality bunches and pristine grapes were selected.

VINIFICATION

Gently de-stemmed and basket pressed overnight, without the addition of sulphur. This wine was made oxidativley and allowed to wild ferment in a combination of a new French puncheon and older oak French hogsheads. Minimal less stirring during 10 months maturation and arrested malolactic fermentation have highlighted the intense minerality and citrus profile of this chardonnay.

Winemaker's Comments

Chardonnay is one of our great loves – and a wine that we keep coming back to time and again. 2011 was a cool, wet vintage, not unlike those found in the Cote d’Or, one of the greatest Chardonnay regions of the world – very unlike Eden Valley. However, these conditions led to a tighter more mineraly wine with lashings of lemon verbena, honey nougat and creamy meyer lemon. It’s unlikely that we’ll see another vintage like this for decades – so enjoy the good fortune that nature has bestowed on us!