2019 First Grid Chardonnay
Single Vineyard | Low Impact | Vegan Friendly
Block 11 chardonnay planted in 1996 was picked by modern night harvesting, selecting just plump flavour-ripe, entire berries. 2019 is an early-ripening vintage, 14 January, with optimal harvesting decisions producing fresh, vibrant, ripe grape acids and modest alcohol.
Low intervention winemaking (lo-fi) is a theme; taking 7 hours skin contact in the press without sulphur dioxide addition; minimal other additions with use of natural yeast, all solids retained to develop struck match aroma, and a view to provide more savoury than fruity personality. Fewer winemaking steps were designed to have the least disruption to wine texture by reduced movement.
The wine was fully barrel fermented, 50% new tight grain, in long, low toast French hogsheads, lees and solids, aged for 8 months ,then stabilised in stainless steel for integration and balance.
Careful winemaking and extended crushed grape content, wild yeasts, blocked malo-lactic changes, mixed age oak barrels and rebuttal of animal-derived finings (vegan friendly) produces this contemporary wine. Progress to bottling had minimal filtration and fining, not sterile so it remains a living wine.
Moffatdale sub-region terroir, generous colour, barrel smoke, almond aromas signifying skin aromatics, sweet fruit yet spice-savoury artifacts from hands-off winemaking, taste layering, racy acidity (high, though ripe for a warm region); has ease on the palate to drink immediately. Mid-weight,crispy, textural-drying style.
12.5% alcohol, dry, 7.4 standard drinks
Peter Scudamore-Smith | Master of Wine (1991)
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