Dexter, Chardonnay, Mornington PeninsulaDexter
Aromas of citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit and lemon, nectarine and a hint of crème brulé. Considering the small bunches and berries that resulted in such small yields, the palate is quite elegant and refined. The flavours are as promised by the aromas and the wine has a soft entry and middle palate with good length and a nice refreshing finish.
Hand-picked fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed into a tank and settled overnight. It was then transferred into French oak barriques (25% New, 25% second and third use and 50 % older) and inoculated with a neutral yeast. From May until late winter the barrels were stirred every two weeks until MLF was completed. For this vintage 25% was prevented from going through MLF to retain acid. The wine was left on yeast lees until December when it was transferred to tank for a further month on lees. The wine was bottled in January 2015, 10 months after harvest.