Chardonnay vines were first planted at Spring Vale in 1990. For the 2016 vintage the vine growth was nicely balanced with a healthy crop of chardonnay fruit that was ripened by a warm summer with a good dose of late January rain.
Flavour development began very early and acid levels softened at lower grape sugars than usual. The decision was made to pick over two days in mid-March, during which the fruit was destemmed and pressed with the resulting juice clarified by floatation.
The juice was then decanted into a selection of premium tight grained French barrels along with a couple of new 500L French puncheons for primary fermentation. Four weeks later half of the wine was transferred to tank and chilled while the remaining barrels underwent malolactic fermentation in our warm room. This allows us to balance the crisp acidity of the chilled portion with the textured palate of the malo barrels.
Final blending took place in early June then the wine was stabilised, minimally fined and filtered through the cross flow to be ready for bottling. Total production in this vintage of the Spring Vale Chardonnay was 1170 dozen.
||Dry, crisp, acidic
||11.5 – 11.8
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