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2018 Capella Vineyard Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay

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SKU: HP18VI-MOCHARDN6

  • WINE STYLE
    WINE STYLE
    Crisp & Refreshing
  • HIGHLIGHTS
    HIGHLIGHTS
    96 Points from James Halliday Companion 2021
  • FOOD PAIRING
    FOOD PAIRING
    Vegetarian risotto, pan fried white fish, prawns, lobster, vegetable terrine, rich creamy cheeses.
WHY WE LOVE THIS WINE
Exquisite balance
 

96 POINT 2021 JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION

"This is an impressive contemporary expression of domestic chardonnay: a conflation of Chablis-like flint and toasted hazelnut, curd and stone fruits flowing effortlessly and long across a thread of juicy acidity and mineral tension. Burgundian. All augurs for a long future. A stamp of authority for this producer."

-Ned Goodwin

Published 01 August 2020

 

A NOTE FROM THE WINEMAKERS

“The season had its challenges and still this superb wine does justice to the pedigree of this remarkable vineyard.”

SERVING TEMPERATURE | 8 - 13°

CELLAR POTENTIAL | Now to 2030

TASTING NOTES

Beautifully balanced with lemon, white peach and nougat flavours, fine acidity and subtle oak. The fruit, a blend of two clones from our vineyard in Bittern, was gently pressed in whole bunches and fermented in barrel with wild yeasts.

SEASON

There were no major heatwaves in the 2018 season, but it was a warm season overall and the harvest was early. Yields were high, which required judicious fruit thinning and careful management for high quality wines like this one. Cool weather and regular rain up until Christmas made a slow start to the season, setting up good ground moisture and vine health. January and February were dry and mild, though the nights were warmer than usual. Timing of picking was paramount for balancing natural acidity.

WINEMAKING

This fruit is from mature vines, predominantly the Mendoza clone, from select blocks at Capella Vineyard. The fruit was handpicked and chilled overnight then gently whole bunch pressed. The juice was wild fermented in barrel. Partial malolactic fermentation achieved the fine acid balance. The wine was matured in the same barrels, a mix of seasoned and new, for 11 months before blending. We use barriques, hogsheads and puncheons from select Burgundian coopers.

THE VINEYARD

THE VINEYARD

Capella Vineyard

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.

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THE TIER

THE TIER

Single Vineyard

SPECIAL OCCASIONS • GIFTING

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.

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THE STORY BEHIND THE LABEL

THE STORY BEHIND THE LABEL

The Artwork

Egg, Rock, Feather

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.

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