Seville Estate 2017 Chardonnay
The 2017 Vintage was a benchmark year for Seville Estate. A mild to warm season produced wines of exceptional flavour and balance. A cool and wet spring delayed budburst and flowering which consequently delayed harvest. Conditions over summer and leading into harvest were perfect with little days over 35 degrees. The vintage was spread out and each batch of wine got the care and attention it deserved in the winery. I feel 2017 will go down as one of the best vintages of Seville Estate.
Harvest date: 15/3/2017
Baume: 12.3 bè
Soil: deep red volcanic / basalt
Yields tons/acres: 3.6
Fruit is handpicked and gently whole bunch pressed. Juice is settled overnight in tank then 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. Wine is then racked, cold stabilized and filtered to bottle.
The wine is pale yellow with a clear hue. Beautiful aromas of white flowers and stone fruits encased with a flinty lees reduction. The palate is focused and pure with brighmelon fruits, sweet spice and a toasted almond oak complexity. The acidity is fine with a lime sorbet like flavour. An elegant and focused style that will age gracefully. Drink 2016 - 2021
Production: 605 dozen
Acidity: 7.2 g/L
Awards: 97 Pinots James Halliday