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Layers of citrus and ripe stone fruits with a mineral edge. The wine was fermented and matured in select French oak barrels which adds texture and a touch of creamy depth.
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 pleased the accountants but required judicious fruit thinning and careful management for high quality wines. 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 fairly mild, though the nights were warmer than usual. Fruit reached full ripeness easily and timing of picking was paramount for balancing natural acidity.
A blend of clones Mendoza and P58 from Capella Vineyard and fruit from select Mornington Peninsula vineyards. The fruit was pressed in whole bunches and the juice was fermented in French oak barrels. Three was partial wild ferment and partial malolactic fermentation with regular stirring. The wine was matured in the same barrels, a mix of seasoned and new, for 11 months.
A maritime region about 50km south-east of Melbourne. It is surrounded by ocean and the climate is moderated year-round, with cooling ocean breezes in summer and relatively mild winters.
Soils vary from the red volcanic earth on the spine of hills running down the centre of the peninsula to grey clay loams on the plains.
The Collection series are a set of premium wines from hand-picked regions around the world – each crafted to reflect a supreme sense of place and exceptional character.
The labels each feature a unique photographed object collected from the region the wine was grown, designed to present a story of the region's distinct characteristics.
This shell was found on the beaches surrounding Mornington Peninsula. With its cool climate and strong maritime influence, this is one of Australia’s finest Chardonnay regions.