Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island Valley Vineyard (Challies Block)
Sugar at Harvest: 22.6°Brix
Date of Harvest: 23-24 March 2015
T.A of Wine: 7.2g/L
PH of Wine: 3.30
Residual Sugar: 7.8g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The Rabbit Island Vineyard is situated on a wide river flat. The soil is gravelly sandy loam, which is very sandy and free draining. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea, which helps moderate temperatures.
Traditionally Chardonnay is made in an oaked style, however, we are often asked: what does Chardonnay as a grape variety with no oak ageing taste like? This is it!
The Chardonnay for our 2015 Old Coach Road Unoaked Chardonnay was picked in pristine health when late summer conditions persisted in to the autumn months. The grapes were then pressed, and the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks to capture the natural tropical fruit characters of the grape variety, without influence from oak. The wine was blended, stabilised, and finally bottled in its youth capturing the fresh characters of this wine.
The 2015 Old Coach Road Unoaked Chardonnay has lifted clean tropical fruit characters as well as gently scented notes of blossoms on the nose. The palate has generous entry and crisp acidity running the length of the palate. The wine is just off dry and leaves a touch of well balanced weight of natural fruit concentration on the palate.