2021 Mills Chardonnay
2021 Mills Chardonnay
This wine has an elegant lift of citrus/lemon, with hints of melon, kiwi fruit and spice. A sultry palate that is round, mouth filling and elegant. Characters of melon and lime zest criss cross the palate, together with pithy citrus notes and an alluring fine phenolic, mineral edge on the finish.
With a La Niña weather pattern controlling the season, the wet spring and start to the summer delayed bud burst and flowering. Below average temperatures and rainfall over summer allowed the grapes to ripen slowly but evenly, resulting in great concentration of flavour and good natural acidity.
|Vineyards :: Clones||
Main Block ( 85%) I10V01 :: Young Medium Density Block (15%) Clone 95
|Harvest date :: Yield||
Hand picked 12-17 March 2021 :: 1.6-4.3 t/ha
|Brix :: pH :: TA||
12.2°-12.5° Baumé :: 3.2-3.25 :: 8.5-10.05 g/L
• Fruit was hand picked, hand sorted and chilled overnight. • Whole bunch pressed to stainless steel. • The juice was settled for 24hrs then racked to barrel taking the light fluffy lees. • Fermented using indigenous yeasts and a natural malolactic fermentation (38%). • Some occasional bâtonnage to individual barrels.
Imogen Dillon, Martin Spedding
|Aging :: Oak||
10 months :: 16% new oak
|Finished pH :: TA||
3.2 :: 7.4 g/L
136 dozen bottled 8 December 2021 :: screwcap
This is the first time that the Mills vineyard Chardonnay has been elevated to a single vineyard release. Planted in 2000, by the Mills family, the quality of the Mills Chardonnay has always shone through and has been an important component of our Estate bottling in recent years. In 2017 a new Chardonnay block was planted with clone 95 and the first vintages from these young vines have further underlined the quality of this site. This wine has an elegant lift of citrus/lemon, with hints of melon, kiwi fruit and spice. A sultry palate that is round, mouth filling and elegant. Characters of melon and lime zest criss cross the palate, together with pithy citrus notes and an alluring fine phenolic, mineral edge on the finish.
|Food :: Temperature||
Food Pairing Notes
Manjimup Marron, asparagus velouté, guanciale