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A selection of two clones – Mendoza and P58 – from our Capella Vineyard, this wine was whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak to achieve vibrant fruit flavours with creamy complexity.
Vintage 2016 was marked by warm and dry conditions and the harvest was one of the earliest on record. It arrived in a hurry too, catching some vignerons by surprise; many were picking very early in February. The resulting wines have excellent flavour and weight and tend be earlier drinking styles.
Mendoza and P58 Chardonnay vines were hand harvested in early February in warm, dry conditions. The fruit was refrigerated overnight then whole-bunch pressed and the juice was settled in tank before fermentation in barrel with wild yeasts. A portion was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation and the wine was matured in the same French oak barriques, a mix of old and new, for 10 months.
Capella Vineyard is located on the shores of Western Port on the Mornington Peninsula. It is a small, ultra-premium vineyard with 4.2 hectares of Pinot Noir planted on VSP trellis.
The young vineyard is entirely hand pruned and harvested. Soils are grey clay loam and the vineyard enjoys the moderating maritime influence of Western Port, Port Phillip and Bass Strait. Planted in 2008, Capella’s young vines are already producing exceptional wines.
These rare single vineyard wines are only released in the finest vintages as the best of the best from our carefully managed vineyards.
The labels each feature a collection of objects from the vineyard the wine was grown.
Capella Vineyard is planted on soils of grey clay loam – native to the region. With vines which wrap around a beautiful lake, the vineyard is home to many native bird species including the black swan.