2012 Estate Chardonnay

2012 Estate Chardonnay

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Seville Estate 2012 Chardonnay Yarra Valley                        

­­­­Winemakers Comments

The vineyards of Seville Estate are located in the cooler, southern regions of the Yarra Valley.  As a result, our Chardonnay style is crisper, tighter in structure with citrus fruit characters. This is 100% Estate grown Chardonnay.  

The 2012 growing season produced a great vintage. The season was similar to 2010 where the climate suited all varieties and produced elegant and balanced wines. The season started with below average winter rainfall. As most winters are relatively dry and we were still, so wet from the record rainfall at the start of the year (2011) it did not concern us. This changed during spring with record rainfall (again) dumping one and a half times the amount of rain in the Valley. With bud burst well established we feared another wet and diseased prone year. By the later part of spring (early November) we had above average temperatures coupled with above average rainfall. This fear became a reality with increased humid conditions; large amounts of resources and money went into managing the disease pressure in the vineyard. Finally some relief came over the summer period with warm weather and average rainfall. The humidity still caused problems with disease and fruit set resulting in reduced crop levels on most varieties. Although the season was difficult, the mild weather conditions started to shape the vintage into something great. This was clearly seen in early to mid February were the flavours were so well developed in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at such low sugar levels. The honeymoon weather persisted with vintage commencing on the 16th February and all Chardonnay and Pinot Noir picked by the 5th March. Overall a great vintage suiting all varieties; wines are poised, elegant and flavoursome.       

Vinification:                                

Fruit is hand picked and gently whole bunch pressed. Juice is run directly to tank and gravity fed to barrel. Fermentation occurs naturally in barrel.  A range of French oak coopers and formats (300L – 2200lt) with 30% new are sourced to introduce oak complexity.  Following primary fermentation, maturation continues on lees for 10 months. Malolactic fermentation is not encouraged.

Tasting Notes:                            

Melon/white peach aromas are apparent with match stick/flinty lees complexity. The palate shows citrus and white fruits beautifully balance with a limy acidity that gives great focus and length to the wine. A subtle toasted almond/nutty complexity with a lees mealy character adds texture and interest to the mouth fill balancing the fruit. A complex focused style that will age gracefully. Drink 2013 - 2020  

 

Technical Data:                          

Alcohol: 12.5%             Ph: 3.13        Acidity: 7.0 g/L

 

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