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2011 Dexter Chardonnay

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Analysis at Harvest

Sugar 21°– 22° Brix

pH 3.25

Acid 7.5 – 8.5g/l

Harvest date 1st week of March

Clones I10V5, P58, Bernard 96, Bernard 277

Hand-picked fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed into a tank and settled overnight. It was then transferred into French oak barriques (23% New, 77% second, third and fourth use) and inoculated with a neutral yeast. From May until late winter the barrels were stirred every two weeks until MLF was completed. For this vintage 25% was prevented from going through MLF to retain acid. The wine was left on yeast lees until December when it was transferred to tank for a further month on lees. The wine was bottled in February 2012, 10 months after harvest.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 12.5%

pH 3.26

Acid 6.9g/l

Sugar 0.24 g/l

Nose

Aromas of lemon, white peach, nectarine and floral notes combined with subtle oak.

Palate

Similar to previous vintages in its elegance and fineness after a cool and wet 2011 vintage. Subtle flavours reflective of the aromas – particularly lemon, nectarine and elegant oak. The wine has a soft middle palate with good length and a nice acid balance. More elegant and refined than the 2010 vintage but with a similar flavour profile.