Big Leap Chardonnay

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The 2017 growing season was slow to start after a long cold snowy winter.  A cool wet prolonged spring seemed to turn overnight into a long hot dry summer.  This was favourable for minimal disease pressure.  The autumn was moderate with lengthy hang times which helped retain our signature site acidity and allowed the fruit to mature and develop great flavour profiles.

The 2017 Chardonnay is 100% estate grown, and a single block selection.  A wild yeast ferment in French Oak and aged for a further 10 months on lees in French Oak with a small percentage put through natural malolactic fermentation.

A pale straw colour, with aromatics of stonefruit, citrus and wet stone, with a hint of caramel.  The palate is dry & light bodied with flavours of citrus, pear and minerality with a subtle toasty edge.  A firm line of acidity leads to a long well rounded finish with a touch of flinty spice.

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SKU: 999235
Wine Specs
Harvest Date
October 8, 2015
10 Months on lees, French oak
41 days, wild yeast
Bottling Date
September 1, 2015
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is complex and interesting. There are notes of flint and mineral on the nose, while riper citrus notes bubble underneath. Some bright acidity provides focus on the palate and creates a long, lingering finish.
Vineyard Notes
90% Block 6. 10% Block 12. Soil types are Burnell Lake and Greata.
Food Pairing Notes
Gotta be oysters. If you’re not an oyster lover, then the freshest crab you can lay your hands on.
345 cases.
Other Notes
Be careful not to over chill this wine, you’ll mute some of what makes it so special.