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10X Chardonnay 2018 Detail

A rather elegant version of 10X Chardonnay, hint of gumball funk and white nectarine kick this off, though with less of an emphasis on fruit and no shortage of complexity.

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Wine Profile

Vintage

Heavier than normal winter rains and cooler temperatures delayed budburst (our second latest) but warmer spring weather resulted in perfect conditions for flowering leading to very good fruit set and promising high yields. In fact, particularly down the hill, crop adjustment was required to ensure even maturity and high quality outcomes. Grapes matured with optimum sugar, flavour and tannin development resulting in high quality parcels from all sites. It was our third earliest harvest, leading to our shortest ever hang time (budburst-harvest 179 days against an average of 203 days).

Vineyards :: Clones

McCutcheon (65%), Osborne (35%) :: I10V1 (35%), 96 (25%), P58 (20%), 95 (20%)

Harvest date :: Yield

Hand picked 28 February-18 March 2018 :: 8.5 tonnes/ha (3.4 t/acre, ~51.0hl/ha)

Brix :: pH :: TA

21.8-22.6° (12.1-12.6° Baumé) :: 3.17-3.27 :: 7.5-8.5 g/l

Winemaking

Grapes hand-harvested from late February to mid March, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice fermented by indigenous yeasts in 20% new 228 litre French oak barrels. An 8 month aging in barrel with no bâtonnage to keep wines fresher and more taut. Natural partial (70%) malolactic fermentation before bottling unfined and filtered.

Winemakers

Sandro Mosele, Martin Spedding

Aging :: Oak

8 months :: 20% new 228 litre French oak barrels (light toast; tight grain; Sirugue)

Malolactic

Partial (70%)

Residual sugar

Dry (1.0 g/l)

Finished pH :: TA

3.28 :: 6.2 g/l

Alcohol

13.0% (7.7 standard drinks/750ml bottle)

Production

1290 dozen :: bottled 19 November 2018 :: screwcap

Release date

April 2019

TASTING NOTES

A rather elegant version of 10X Chardonnay, despite the warmer vintage. A hint of gumball funk and white nectarine kick this off, though with less of an emphasis on fruit and no shortage of complexity. Delicacy, and all sorts of Chardonnay delights below the surface.

Andrew Graham [March 2019, commissioned by TMBT]

Food :: Temperature

Salmon fishcakes:: serve at 7–10°C

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