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    2013 Dexter Chardonnay

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    Analysis at Harvest

    Sugar 21.3 to 23.3 Brix

    pH 3.30 to 3.37

    Acid 6.7 to 7.5 TA

    Harvest date 1st week of March

    Clones P58 (44%), I10V5 (34%), Bernard 95 (11%), Bernard277 (11%)

    Vintage Notes

    This season was similar to the 2012 season, again excellent. No extremes in weather and a good steady ripening period meant harvest occurred during the first week of March, which is our long term norm.

    Winemaking

    Hand-picked fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed into a tank and settled overnight. It was then transferred into French oak barriques (25% New, 35% second and third use and 40 % older) 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 30% 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 January 2014, 10 months after harvest.

    Wine Analysis

    Alcohol 13.3%

    pH 3.26

    Acid 6.0g/l

    Sugar 0.91g/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 near perfect 2013 vintage. Subtle flavours reflective of the aromas – particularly lemon, nectarine, white peach and elegant oak. The wine has a soft middle palate with good length and a nice acid balance. Similar in structure to the 2010 vintage and a little softer than the 2012 vintage.