Marklew Chardonnay 2009
A wonderfully rich and indulgent wine with hints of citrus and butterscotch.
Chardonnay 2009 is drinking well now, but can be drunk a 2 - 4 years after vintage.
Fish (calamari, salmon), Thai curry, and soups.
In The Vineyard
Soil: Red Hutton
Slope Direction: SE Facing
Age of Vineyard: 12 years old
Yield: 5.2 tons per hectare
Rootstock: Richter 99
Our Chardonnay was hand picked and vinified from a selection of rows out of a top-performing dry land block of vineyard on the farm.
In The Cellar
Grapes were hand sorted and whole bunch
pressed in a traditional basket press.
Alcoholic fermentation was done in a selection of French 300 litre
barrels where it matured for
10 months before bottling. Oaking: 20% New French barrels, 80% 2nd
and 3rd fill French barrels. Barrels were stirred once a week to add
a buttery full bodied complexity.
Fermentation: grapes were barrel fermented
at a low temperature to ensure fruit flavors on both nose and palate.
malolactic fermentation was 100% completed. Then the wine was lightly
bottling and then labeled on the farm.