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Scarborough Yellow Chardonnay

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Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Vintage: Current Vintage (Enquiries Welcome)

2011-12 season started close to normal with budburst away in late August. The season was cool and mild and the moist conditions saw a limited need for irrigation. Veraison commenced around Christmas Eve and Christmas saw the arrival of warm and sunny conditions. Harvest commenced around the traditional start date of Australia Day, with Chardonnay coming in first closely followed by Verdelho. Semillon was the last of the whites to come in, which was unusual as it is often the first white picked. There was significant rain in February and harvesting of Shiraz occurred afer the soils had dried back out.


Colour:  golden straw
Nose:  honey, buttery and toasty characters
Palate:  cashews, honey and integrated French oak flavours

Tasting Notes The face of classic Hunter Chardonnay with the body and personality to match! This wine is showing good melon and butterscotch characters on the nose, and the palate is full, round and rich with a strong lingering aftertaste of cashews, honey and green melons.

Winemaking  The fruit for this wine is sourced from our Gillards Road property and other vineyards from the Hunter Valley with the same soil type; deep hillside red/brown terra rossa of limestone parentage. The fruit is machined picked in the early hours of the morning when it has reached a good balance of sugar,flavour and acid.

Once in the winery the fruit is handled oxidatively, crushed, pressed and pumped to stainless steel tanks. Once settled the clear juice is racked and then innoculted to start fermentation. When fermentation is about 1/3rd through we transfer the fermenting juice to French Oak Barrels of varying age. Fermentation is completed in barrel and then Malo-lactic fermentation is allowed to occur naturally (usually around 10-30%). The lee’s are stirred monthly. 

The wine is pumped out of barrel to stainless steel tanks and is then bottled 12 months prior to release.


Cellaring Drink now or over the next few years.

Food Match Enjoy our Yellow Label Chardonnay with seafood crustaceans, game birds and white meats.

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