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Wakefield Estate Jaraman Chardonnay

Wakefield Estate Jaraman Chardonnay

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REGION Clare Valley/Adelaide Hills

Blend Percentages - Clare Valley - 51%, Adelaide Hills - 49%

WINEMAKER NOTES On release the wine is a very pale straw colour with a youthful green hue. It has intense lifted aromas of melon and lime with hints of stone fruits. There are underlying tropical notes of green pineapple and guava and subtle secondary characters of flint, cedar and spice. The palate delivers what the bouquet promises; citrus fruits, fig and melon flavours along with a clean, mineral acidity and a touch of lemon zest. Texturally, it is very delicate, with a creamy mid palate and integrated oak. The Clare Valley parcel delivers mid palate fleshiness whilst the Adelaide Hills component contributes restrained mineral notes that are typical of this region. Overall, the wine has a great palate line with length which lingers long after the wine is consumed.

VINIFICATION All parcels were quickly harvested in the cool of the early morning to retain the fresh varietal characteristics. The fruit was gently whole berry squeezed in our refrigerated Pera press. All of the free-run juice was fermented in tight grained French oak barrels. 60% of the barrels were new, 20% 2nd use and the remainder 3rd use so as to give great structure while retaining the vibrant fruit. Half of the parcels were wild fermented with the remaining half fermented using a texture building strain of yeast that is low foaming and designed for barrel ferments. After fermentation, battonage, otherwise known as yeast lees stirring, was employed to add a creamy texture to the palate. After maturation of 8 months in barrel, the wine was blended on the bench from both regional parcels to a specific taste profile and minimal fining and filtration was employed before final bottling.

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