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Chardonnay

Our Chardonnay is a well-rounded dry wine, with subtle buttery flavours and aromas of peach turnover and honey. There is also a small portion of Bacchus, which adds layers of flowers and pineapple. Suitable to drink young, but will age well for about 10 years. Best served very lightly chilled.

WINEMAKING NOTES

2015 provided us with some beautifully ripe Chardonnay, which was handpicked on the 25th October. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and settled naturally. 70% of the wine was transferred to barrel after been inoculated with a T. delbrueckii yeast strain. After a significant part of fermentation was complete the wine was co-inoculated with a S.cerevisiae yeast strain. Post primary fermentation, the wine in barrel was blended with some Bacchus and stainless- steel fermented Chardonnay, before undergoing a sequential malolactic fermentation. Once complete the wine was put back into oak for lees stirring and maturation.

TASTING

Clear, pale yellow in colour.

NOSE: Clean with subtle buttery flavours and aromas of peach turnover, honey and pineapple.

PALATE: Good length with stone fruit flavours and round mouthfeel.

STYLE: Full bodied dry white.   PDO/PGI: PDO

ABV: 11.5% Vol   Acidity: 7 g/L TA   pH: 3.41   RS: 2.1 g/L    

Variants: 86% Chardonnay 14% Bacchus   MLF: Sequential 

Volume: 3,153 bottles   Vineyards: Crouch Valley Vineyard (Essex) & Great Whitmans (Essex)  

FERMENTATION VESSELS: 70% fermented in oak barrels. With a further 5 months ageing in barrel with lees stirring after MLF.   

Vintage: 2015

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REVIEWS:

“Put down your Puligny and pick this! Stellar quality: taste it blind and you’re in Premier Cru country,” Olly Smith, The Mail on Sunday.