Cricket Flat 2015 Chardonnay

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The nose is elegant with vibrant notes of white nectarine and peach and a subtle hint of toasted brioche in the background. The palate is structured with concentrated bright stone fruit notes alongside hints of lemon blossom and biscotti, with a refreshin

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Cricket Flat 2015 Chardonnay

VINEYARD WINEMAKING ANALYSIS – 2015 was a stand out growing season for our Chardonnay. Our small 30 Ha patch of Chardonnay vines were lovingly hand pruned and tended to in the winter months. All in all, the result was a smaller crop with concentrated varietal characters. To ensure that the grapes are harvested in a way that preserves all the hard work we put into the vineyard, we use a state of the art Pellenc Selectiv Harvester which de-stems the grapes in the vineyard leaving only the berries. The Williams fruit was transferred to the 100% new French oak barriques, and then approximately two thirds of the barells were inoculated to instigate malolatic fermentation before the alcohol forment, to tighten the structure of the wine. During the processs, the barrels were stored in a cold room at 2 degrees to extend the fermentation and enhance complexity inthe finished wine. Following fermentation, the wine remained on lees for 9 months, with constant stirring to add more dimensions to the finished Chardonnay.

2015 Coonawarra Chardonnay tasting note

In the glass the wine has beautiful pale straw colours with light green hues. The nose is elegant with vibrant notes of white nectarine and peach and a subtle hint of toasted brioche in the background. The palate is structured with concentrated bright stone fruit notes alongside hints of lemon blossom and biscotti, with a refreshing crisp finish.

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During the early summer of 2012 Brett and Julianne noticed an abundance of crickets throughout their Coonawarra vineyard. With crickets usually indicating a good growing season – as well as being a sign of good luck in many cultures – they took this as a positive omen and settled on the name ‘Cricket Flat’ for their wine label. The 2013 Cricket Flat Cabernet Sauvignon includes estate grown Reynella Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, original cuttings from Bordeaux, brought to Australia before phylloxera swept through France in the 19th century. Reynella Selection grapes are known for their small berries, thick skins and intense varietal character. The low-yielding Cricket Flat vineyard is fresh care accredited, with great emphasis on sustainable farming practices, including integrated pest management system, which maximizes vine health and overall fruit quality. Wines released under the ‘Cricket Flat’ label have benefited from the rich soils and unique micro-climate of their growing region, fastidiously cared for by hand and made in a style that passionately represents the renowned Coonawarra! Brett & Julianne Williams The Williams family have lived and worked in the Coonawarra region for over three generations. Their story begins in the early 70’s, when they ran a mixed enterprise farm of sheep, cattle and crops. Surprisingly, it was another twenty years before they turned their attention to grape growing. In 1996 the cattle farming took a back seat as Brett went ahead and hand-planted the first vines upon the transitional soils of their 53Ha property – 13Ha of Reynella Selection Cabernet Sauvignon! The inaugural planting of the ‘Picnic Block’ began the chain reaction, and over the next eight years Brett planted another 30Ha of both Cabernet and Chardonnay grapes. Since the first vintage in 1999 the ‘Cricket Flat’ vineyard has been hand pruned and meticulously tended by Brett, with each harvest being fully contracted to a selection of larger scale wineries. In 2013 Brett and Julianne decided to collaborate with friend, and talented winemaker, Phil Lehmann to create a single vineyard wine under their own label, ‘Cricket Flat’.

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