2008 produced great white wines, however volumes were down significantly. High winds in late 2007 caused poor flowering conditions, and the dry growing season thereafter ensured extremely low crops. Our 2008 ‘Chloe’ Chardonnay is 75% down in volume compared to average, with a yield of only 0.4 tonnes per acre.
The 2008 ‘Chloe’ was hand picked before being crushed, pressed, and cold settled. After 7 days the juice was racked off solids into new, one and two year old French oak barrels for fermentation.
Fermentation proceeded quickly resulting in lovely aromatics and low alcohol. After fermentation the wine remained in oak for 11 months, with the lees stirred occasionally for added flavour, richness and texture.
The colour of this wine is intense straw. The nose shows intense lifted struck flint, stone fruits, clove and French oak notes. The palate is clean and intense, displaying grapefruit, melon and mealy flavours. The finish is long with excellent crisp acid.
This wine will be best enjoyed from 2013 to 2018.