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    2021 Dexter Chardonnay

    Analysis at Harvest

    Sugar 22.0 to 22.7 Brix

    pH 3.15 to 3.24

    Acid 8.0 to 9.1 TA

    Harvest date 1st and 2nd week of March

    Clones P58 (48%), I10V5 (43%), Bernard 96 & 277 (9%)

    Vintage Notes

    Moderate temperatures throughout a wet spring and into flowering resulted in healthy canopies with slightly lower than average yields. Above average rainfall over the summer due to La Niña was moderated by dry spells and moderate temperatures resulted in slower ripening. High levels of acidity were retained along with great concentration of flavour, fine detail and precision.


    Hand-picked fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed into a tank and settled overnight. It was then transferred into French oak puncheons (20% New, 20% second use, 40% third use and 20% older) and inoculated with a neutral yeast. From April until June the barrels were stirred every two weeks until MLF was completed. For this vintage 90% completed MLF. The wine was left on yeast lees until November when it was transferred to tank to prepare for bottling. The wine was bottled early December 2021, 9 months after harvest.

    Wine Analysis

    Alcohol 13.5%

    pH 3.36

    Acid 7.2 g/l

    Sugar dry


    Aromas of citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit and lemon, and white peach, with subtle oak.


    Consistent with previous vintages in its elegance and fineness after an ideal 2021 growing season. Subtle flavours reflective of the aromas – particularly lemon, grapefruit, stone fruit and elegant oak. The wine has a soft middle palate with good length and refreshing acid. Similar in structure and flavour to the 2019 vintage at the same age.