2016 10X Chardonnay
Our 10X wines are designed as easy drinking examples of what the Mornington Peninsula can produce. They may have been picked from younger vines or at slightly different times to achieve slightly different characteristics and, as a general rule, they see less new oak and spend less time in oak during maturation.
The end result is more approachable, more accessible and more immediately rewarding; the wines have a delicious freshness and clarity.
[A 10% discount applies to purchases of 12 or more bottles of this wine, or a mixed case of 12 or more bottles of Estate and/or 10X wines]
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Back vintages of this wine - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
Immediately a bouquet of tropical fruits leaps out of the glass. Melon and young pineapple underlined by ripe citrus fruits, to mention only a few. On the palate sweet peach is rounded out by a soft, creamy acidity. Oak plays a role here too with oatmeal and vanilla forming a comforting embrace around the wine. A textbook expression of Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay.
Hand picked 27 February-8 March 2016. Clones P58 (85%), 95 (7%) and 96 (7%) from our Osborn (50%), Kentucky (32%) and McCutcheon (18%) vineyards. Yield 4.55 tonnes/ha (1.8 t/acre, ~27.3hl/ha).
Grapes hand-harvested from late February to early March, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 10% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a complete malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 9 month barrel maturation. Bottled unfined after filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Dégustation match - Red Hill Somers Soft goats' cheese with quince. Serve at 7–10°C.
After a very cold winter, the 2016 growing season had the highest average maximum temperature (23ºC v 21.8ºC avg), earliest flowering (10 days earlier than average) and harvest dates(23 days earlier than average) on record, lowest growing season rainfall (211mm v 348mm avg) and shortest hang time (budburst-harvest; 21 days shorter than average). The result was a dry and warm vintage with good yields.