The 2016 vintage is characterized by very dry conditions and generally warm temperatures. Budburst commenced early in 2016 with strong canopy growth by January. The result has been wines that have developed ripe flavours at moderate potential alcohol with medium to high natural acidity, providing the backbone, elegance and finesse that defines the Delamere.
Every aspect of making this wine seeks to allow our unique vineyard characteristics to shine through, developing a complexity and texture that truly cool climate chardonnay fruit can carry so well. Carefully hand harvested from Delamere's oldest vines in the cool of the morning, the fruit is whole bunch pressed in our small press to tank, settled and racked with light fluffy solids to oak. Slow fermentation with indigenous yeast in 100% new oak. Wild fermentation continues until dry then MLF allowed to start Stirring of yeast lees allows the development of mouth-feel. Matured in oak for 12 months. Bottled with minimal filtration under cork and wax seal. Allowed to mature in bottle for a further 12 months prior to release to allow the wine to settle.
This is a classic cool climate Chardonnay with the finesse, elegance and depth of flavour to age for 10 or more years, thus is the aim of the ‘Block Wine’ project. Beautifully light, yet with the complexity and length that comes from this wine being made from some of our oldest vines.
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