Our ‘Chloe’ is produced from a 0.8 hectare plot located at the north-east corner of the Woodlands Vineyard. The plot lies at the top of a south facing slope where the soil is composed of deep loam topsoil over clay. This plot is the most shaded location on our vineyard- protected on the west, north and east with marri and peppermint trees.
This wine was picked on the 26th of February. The fruit was a touch riper than 2012, reflecting the slightly warmer conditions of the vintage. After harvest half of the fruit was destemmed and pressed to tank for debourbage, while the other half was whole bunch pressed to barrel. Pressing fruit as whole bunches is a very slow process, but one we feel is worthwhile as it adds refinement to the resulting wine.
Fermentation proceeded well, with around half of the wine fermenting without the addition of yeast. Following fermentation the wine remained in barrel with the lees stirred once a month. This wine was bottled in January 2014 after 11 months in barrel. Forty percent of the barrels used on our 2013 Chloe were new.
This wine is an intense pale straw. On the nose it appears open and generous- with primary fruit characters of stone fruits mingling with hints of quince, marmalade, cashew and cracked straw. The palate is clean, balanced and vibrant, the finish mixing citrus notes with a kiss of tight grain French oak.
This wine is bottled in Stelvin and will be best enjoyed from 2018 to 2023.