2010 Murdoch Hill Chardonnay (12 bottles)
A$24.00 PER BOTTLE. Adelaide Hills, South Australia(5 Star Winery)
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$193.79
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2010 Murdoch Hill Chardonnay
 

REGION: Adelaide Hills, South Australia

HARVEST DATE: 16th March 2010

DATE BOTTLED: 8th December 2010

ALCOHOL: 13.5%

WINEMAKER: Daryl Catlin, Michael Downer

VINEYARD:

The Murdoch Hill vineyard stands 512m high in the cool climate Adelaide

Hills near the township of Oakbank.

• Vine Positioning: A predominately north facing slope,maximizes sunlight

and facilitates ripening.

• Soil Structure: Sandy loam over medium clay subsoils.

• Canopy Management: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP), canopy trimming

and finger and thumb pruning.

VINTAGE:

The 2010 vintage was ideal for grape growing, with good rainfall over

winter and spring to help develop a strong canopy,this required some hand

thinning to reduce yields.Apart from some high temperatures in November

the season was mild with cool nights,producing concentrated fruit with

good natural acidity. This was enhanced by hand picking and careful

winemaking.

STYLE & TASTING NOTES:

Our aim was to produce the best possible Chardonnay that highlights the

unique characteristics of our estate.

This starts in the vineyard where we shoot and bunch thinned to ensure

balanced vines, which produce concentrated fruit.

After hand harvesting,we chilled the bunches in cold storage at 2 degrees for

several days, before whole bunch pressing straight into the barrel. Using only

French oak we let the juice ferment naturally, with malolactic fermentation

softening the natural high acidity. The wine in the barrels had regular lees

stirring to impart texture and length.

Our low yielding vines produced pristine fruit, with wild fermentation has

imparted complexity and regular lees stirring has provided texture and

length to this wine.

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