Showcasing two of our finest recent releases in recognition of International Chardonnay Day on May 21.
1 x 2016 Block 3 Chardonnay
1 x 2018 Estate Chardonnay
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.
The 2018 vintage was slow off the mark. Below average temperatures in July, August and September resulted in a late bud burst leaving us wondering if we were facing a long-drawn-out vintage. However things started to heat up from October onward, delivering above average spring and early summer temperatures resulting in one of the earliest harvests we have seen at Delamere. These unusual conditions produced solid crop levels with gorgeous flavour intensity, coupled with racy acidity. Flavour ripeness came on quickly so it was all backs to the grindstone in a race against time as a compressed vintage unfolded before us. We are pleased to say that our hard work and long nights prevailed and we emerged out the other side of vintage spent but fulfilled, and above all delighted with our 2018 wines.
Consistency is an integral element of wine making at Delamere. Every aspect of making these wines has sought to allow our unique vineyard characteristics to shine through, developing 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 pressed directly into Burgundian coopered French oak and allowed to undergo natural wild fermentation. Partial malolactic fermentation and months of lees stirring are an important part of crafting the wines.
Tasting Notes (at time of release)
The 2016 Block 3 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.
The 2018 Estate Chardonnay is reminiscent of the ‘15, stone fruit and floral citrus, classic Delamere chardonnay qualities. The key to this wine is its ability to balance the taut acidity, white nectarine and citrus fruits, judicious use of oak and the savoury lees influence to create a complex and interesting wine that will reward medium to long term cellaring.