2011 Chardonnay

2011 Chardonnay - Yarra Valley2011 Chardonnay - Yarra Valley

Crisp, cool climate fruit from Yarra Junction in the Upper Yarra Valley produces an elegant & focused Chardonnay.

ANALYSIS

Alc - 13.2%
pH - 3.21
TA - 7.1 g/L

PACKAGING

750ml
12 bottles per case

TASTING NOTE

The 2011 Chardonnay is a deliciously vibrant wine with aromas of white peach, gooseberry and jasmine. The palate is long and rich with intense stone fruit and citrus flavours layered with French oak. A beautifully balanced wine that displays great fruit purity and exceptional natural acidity leads to a powerful, crisp finish.

FOOD MATCHES

Classic Roast Chicken; Seafood Risotto

VINEYARD

Grapes were sourced from the Langbrook Vineyard at Yarra Junction in the Upper Yarra Valley. The soils consists of weathered clay loam that is free draining. This vineyard was selected based on its consistent ability to provide a cool to cold growing season that is essential in the development of intense Chardonnay varietal characteristics with lively acid structure.

THE SEASON

Almost text book growing conditions in the spring and summer resulted in wines of great concentration and intensity for 2011. November experienced cooler than average temperatures and rainfall was greater than average for most of the growing season however when it did rain, it arrived at the ideal times - flowering and veraison - and seemingly whenever the vineyard needed a drink.

WINEMAKING

The fruit for the 2011 Fratelli Chardonnay was handpicked at the end of March at 13.0° baumé. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and settle overnight before racking to barrels for fermentation. The juice was fermented in French oak barriques, 35% new to provide mid-palate texture and complexity. The wine was blended and bottled under screw cap in May 2012.