Rochford Estate Chardonnay 2020

RRP: $38.00
In any 6: $32.30
In any 12: $30.40
Varietal: Chardonnay 100%
Vintage: 2020
Alcohol: 12.8%
Contains sulphites, vegan wine
Tasting Notes: Floral aromas of jasmine and citrus blossom, flinty notes with white nuts and gentle oak spice. The palate is lively with grapefruit, nectarine and tonic / mineral like acidity generated from the cool season in 2020. As the wine breathes more and more is revealed, Chardonnays from this Yarra vintage should have a bright future.
Winemaking Notes: Harvest: Handpicked on the 28th of February and 2nd of March
Vinification & Elevage: Fruit was whole bunch pressed directly to French oak barriques, puncheons and a foudre (10% new) for primary fermentation. 10% of the blend underwent malolactic conversion with some occasional lees stirring. 8 months on lees in oak.
Viticultural Notes: Chardonnay clones: I10V1 (35%), I10V5 (34%), and 76 (31%)
2020 was a long and cool growing season in the Yarra Valley. Winter rains were substantial and by the end of spring we had full and healthy vine canopies. The conditions around flowering were challenging leading to low fruit yields. The season progressed with very mild conditions extending the ripening period for harvest well into Autumn for some varieties. The 2020 wines reflect our part of the world and our cool climate.
This wine is a blend of Chardonnay grapes from our Yarra Valley Gruyere and Gembrook vineyards.