2014 Block 3 Chardonnay
2014 vintage delivered very small crops of exceptional quality. Spring and summer were fine with reasonably moist soil, which typically leads to higher crop levels. However, cool windy and wet weather throughout December disrupted fruit set, resulting in tiny berry bunches. The remainder of the season brought wonderful weather, which allowed full flavour development whilst retaining good natural acidity at low to moderate Baumé (Sugar content). Wines from this vintage will be highly sought after, for their rarity and quality.
Every aspect of making this wine seeks to allow our unique vineyard characteristics to shine through, developing a complexity and texture that truly cool climate chardonnay fruit can carry so well. Carefully hand harvested from Delamere's oldest vines in the cool of the morning, the fruit is whole bunch pressed in our small press to tank, settled and racked with light fluffy solids to oak. Slow fermentation with indigenous yeast in 100% new oak. Wild fermentation continues until dry then MLF allowed to start Stirring of yeast lees allows the development of mouth-feel. Matured in oak for 12 months. Bottled with minimal filtration under cork and wax seal. Allowed to mature in bottle for a further 12 months prior to release to allow wine to settle prior to release
This is a classic cool climate Chardonnay with the finesse elegance and depth of flavour to age for 10 or more years, thus is the aim of the ‘Block Wine’ project. This 2014 wine shows lemon, shellfish and floral notes. The palate is tight and minerally with hints of toast and an exceptionally long, persistent finish.
Roast chicken with truffle butter, wild mushroom risotto with shaved pecorino, rabbit ravioli, venison or leek and potato veloute.