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2020 Estate Chardonnay MAGNUM

2020 Estate Chardonnay MAGNUM

2020 Estate Chardonnay MAGNUM

Lower than average rainfall and relatively standard temperatures over winter and cooler temperatures over spring led to late budburst and flowering (our latest on record). A mild start to the summer delayed fruit set followed by mild conditions over autumn providing slower ripening and resulting in a later start to the vintage (2 weeks later than average). Yields were significantly reduced but those grapes that were picked were of good quality – great natural acidity and lovely flavours in our Chardonnay with the Pinot Noir benefitting from the long cool ripening.

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Other Notes
Lower than average rainfall and relatively standard temperatures over winter, and cooler temperatures in August and September, led to late budburst (our second latest) and flowering. However, above average temperatures and low rainfall during summer meant an early veraison and harvest. The period between flowering and veraison saw our warmest ever average minimum and second warmest maximums. Veraison to harvest was our fourth warmest maximums and our driest (47mm v 136mm average). Five days of above average temperatures at the beginning of harvest compressed the vintage further. Yields are normal and fruit quality is outstanding.
Vineyards :: Clones
Vineyard Notes
Kentucky (30%), Wallis (36%), McCutcheon (18%), Judd (16%) :: I10 (30%), P58 (57%), 95 (8%), 96 (5%)
Harvest date :: Yield
Harvest Date
Hand picked 5 – 20 March 2019 :: 5-8t/ha
Brix :: pH :: TA
21.6 - 22.68 :: 3.05 - 3.30 :: 8-11g/L
Winemaker Notes
• Fruit was whole bunch pressed directly to oak and wild yeast fermented • 9 months in barrel (15% new) • Natural partial (24%) malolactic fermentation before bottling unfined and filtered
Imogen Dillon, Martin Spedding
Aging :: Oak
9 months :: 15% new oak (90% French, 10% Austrian), 28% in puncheon, remainder barrique
Residual sugar
Residual Sugar
Dry (1.1g/L)
Finished pH :: TA
3.09 :: 7.6g/L
Alcohol %
Alcohol %
Production Notes
Bottled 13 February 2020 :: screwcap
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes
An exotic nose of curry leaf and spice with hints of honeydew and flint form the backbone of this multiple site Chardonnay. While the acid is tight, it creates a strong drive through the palate that is met by bursts of citrus peel with a fine finish.
Food :: Temperature
Food Pairing Notes
Pumpkin ravioli with burnt sage butter:: serve at 10-13°C
Best drinking
Bottling Date
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