2018 'Chloe' Chardonnay
Fruit solely from the Woodlands Vineyard
Our ‘Chloe’ is produced from a 0.8 hectare plot located at the north-east corner of the Woodlands Vineyard, immediately east of our original Cabernet Sauvignon plantings. The plot lies at the top of a south-facing slope where the soil is composed of deep loam topsoil over clay. This plot is the most shaded location on our vineyard- protected on the west, north and east.
The 2018 growing season was a viticulturists dream! Near-perfect fine conditions persisted throughout the region from mid-December all the way through to the end of harvest. The resultant fruit produced wines of exceptional flavour, and robust acidity
Our 2018 'Chloe' was handpicked, then taken straight up the hill to the winery to be pressed immediately. The winemaking process continues the practices we used with the 2017 'Chloe'; Fermentation proceeded without any additions whatsoever, 10 months barrel maturation with the lees stirred monthly, and six months in tank to integrate and settle.
Our 2018 Chloe is bright yellow in colour, with a golden hue. The nose is a mosaic of springtime complexity- with Fragrant honey suckle and chamomile mixing with the fresh pop of grapefruit and Meyer lemon. Subtle notes of apricot tarte tatin complete the picture.
The palate is opulent and refined - expressing abundant orchard fruits, subtle notes of roasted hazelnut and toasted oak, and precise acidity. The maritime influence of the region shines through with a slate-like minerality that whispers of the ocean.
Grilled Scallops with pink grapefruit and mango salsa
Hazelnut and parmesan crusted chicken
Wild rice and forest mushroom risotto, with white truffle
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