Nestled in the heart of the Adelaide Hills is the picturesque Piccadilly Valley, and with its unique cool climate, pre-historic soils and altitude, it just happens to be one of the best places in Australia to produce world class Chardonnay.
The fruit for the 2012 Kastambul Chardonnay was hand harvested on a cool, misty Adelaide Hills morning on March 23rd. The small bunches of premium fruit were carefully sorted, selected and placed into 400kg picking bins and transported directly to the winery, where the fruit was tipped into the bag press to allow gentle whole bunch pressing. The pristine free run juice was then cold settled overnight prior to being racked into a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques.
Each barrel was allowed to warm naturally, and wild yeasts commenced fermentation. Two barrels were then inoculated with selected yeast strains to compliment the naturally occurring fermentations. Towards the end of ferment, all barrels were held at 18 degrees to encourage partial secondary fermentation. Once the ideal balance was achieved, the wine rested on yeast lees for a further nine months to gain extra complexity.
After ten months in French oak, the barrels were meticulously racked, blended and sent to bottling without filtration.
Bright pale straw in colour, the 2012 Kastambul Chardonnay shows delicate hints of white peach, cashew and melon fruits with a touch of flint and funk from natural fermentation. The palate is fine and balanced, with an elegant touch of oak complementing the primary fruit flavours and fine acid structure.
100% estate grown Chardonnay from one of the highest and coolest vineyards in South Australia.
Barrel fermented in a mix of new and seasoned French oak using natural yeast and allowed to develop over 12 months prior to bottling
Apple blossom, yellow peach and gentle baking spices in a mouth filling yet gentle delivery on the palate.
Drinking wonderfully now, with strong ageing potential over the next 5-7 years.
Clear, pale lemon.
This wine smells like fresh-cut grass, mouth-watering pineapple sorbet and juicy green apples.
It lands on the palate with a lime soda effervescence followed by guava and apple juice characters.
Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
100% Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Best enjoyed upon release. Food Pairing Suggestion：Fresh oyster or light seasoned seafood such as steam sole with spring onion. Thai Chicken salad with fresh herbs and fish sauce. Goat cheese.
A limited release chardonnay from two selected Piccadilly Valley sites. Ferment was sparked by indigenous yeasts and the wine aged in Burgundian oak (predominantly puncheons) both old and new for eight months.Nose
White peach and fresh green apple along with Jasmin, Crème Brulee and a hint of spice from French oak.Mouth
Yellow peach and stone fruits are carried across the palate by a mouth-watering acid drive. A hint of lemon pith phenolics provides the wine with lovely texture.