5 Stars: Wine Orbit, 2014, New Zealand
4 Stars: Winestate Magazine November/December 2013, Australia
Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 23.9°Brix
pH of Wine: 3.52
T.A of Wine: 5.7g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: Dry (<2g/L)
Vegan Friendly: Yes
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
The Rabbit Island vineyard is stony and silty with a very gravelly sub surface. The ground is free draining, friable and easy to work, giving a light and intensely varietal crop. The Mendoza clone of Chardonnay, with “hen and chicken” bunches is no exception. The canopy was extensively leaf plucked during the summer while the grapes were developing, allowing light and air movement around the fruit zone and helping to develop the lovely citrus and passionfruit flavours.
The “hen and chicken” berries of the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay give full tropical flavours. The grapes for this Chardonnay were grown adjacent to the winery. The fruit was harvested and brought to the winery where it was immediately pressed and cooled for a 24 hour settling period. Following this the juice was racked and warmed before inoculation. Once the ferment was active it was gravity fed to new one and two year old French barriques. The wine completed primary fermentation in oak before undergoing malolactic fermentation. During these fermentations the barrels were hand stirred every two weeks to build palate weight and structure. Following this the wine was left sitting on its yeast for a further 10 months before being racked from barrique and prepared for bottling.
The 2012 Seifried Winemakers Collection Barrique Fermented Chardonnay is full and opulent with ripe succulent summer stone fruit notes and complementary spicy oak. Roasted hazelnut and fresh hot cross bun yeast and spice notes give depth and concentration to the palate. A thread of natural acidity runs the palate leaving a long flavoursome finish.