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    2020 Dexter Black Label Chardonnay

    Analysis at Harvest

    Sugar 21.3 brix

    pH 3.22

    Acid 9 g/L TA

    Harvest date 4th week of March

    Clones Bernard 96 (50%) Bernard 277 (50%)

    Vintage Notes

    A wet spring resulted in less than ideal flowering and fruit set. This resulted in a slightly lower than average crop. A cool summer resulted in harvest being two to three weeks later than the long term average. The season has produced wines of more delicate flavour and structure with good length and acidity.

    Winemaking

    Hand-picked fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed and immediately transferred into French oak puncheons (10% new, 90% third and fourth use) without settling or any additions of sulphur (oxidatively handled). 100% completed MLF and was left on yeast lees until November when it was transferred to tank to prepare for bottling. The wine was bottled early January 2021, 10 months after harvest.

    Wine Analysis

    Alcohol 13.0%

    pH 3.36

    Acid 6.6g/l

    Sugar dry

    Nose

    Hints of citrus fruits, pear, sulphides and subtle oak.

    Palate

    Subtle flavours reflective of the aromas – particularly citrus fruits, sulphides and elegant oak. The wine has a soft middle palate with good length and refreshing acid.