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.
Clear, pale lemon.
Refreshing green apple, mint and pineapple.
Driven by lemon and passionfruit, the acid is clean and gentle, balanced by a slightly grapefruit sweetness at the end of the palate.
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.
Grapes for this single vineyard wine were hand harvested on March 12 from two small blocks on our Uley vineyard at the northern end of the Piccadilly Valley.
Initial juice analysis showed a Baumé of 11.6 degrees, pH 3.09 and titratable acid of 7.7 g/litre. After crushing and gentle pressing, the juice was fermented to dryness at low temperatures to enhance fresh fruit characters.Following stabilisation in tank, the wine was filtered and bottled on 2nd July 2019. Alcohol 12.5%.
Classically varietal and aromatic, the wine displays citrus, pear, guava, elderflower, herbaceous and faint grassy aromas followed by a generous palate with persistent fruit flavours, minerality and crispness and a spicy, tingling finish from the natural grape acidity.