Angove Family Crest Chardonnay 2014
COLOUR Pale yellow with green hues. AROMA White peach, lemon peel and smoky French oak. FLAVOUR Crisp acid lifts the palate, while a soft creamy texture gives length followed by a clean fresh fi nish.
The grapes were picked from the Stoeckel Vineyard, a small block planted in 1986 in the heart of the McLaren Vale region. The vines are grown on the lower part of a north facing slope and are naturally very vigorous. This provides plenty of protection from a good canopy during January and February, when hotter days with more harsh sunlight would otherwise burn the berry skins. Sandy topsoil allows excess water to drain away whilst the Biscay clay subsoil retains moisture to nurture the vine.
Extreme heat in late January brought fl avours forward at a rush and we picked in early February, at 11.8 Baume, retaining the fresh citrus fl avours we want in this wine. The grapes were crushed and the fi rst free run juice only was transferred to selected French oak barrels for inoculation and fermentation. Coopered in Burgundy, they were chosen, and included a combination of fi rst, second and third fi ll barrels. lowing the primary alcoholic fermentation, the barrels were topped up and sealed. Weekly stirring of the light Folllees resulted in the development of more complex and rich fl avours, whilst regular tasting ensured a delicate and isfying balance between fresh fruit and oak characters was achieved. The wine was racked clean from barrel and satistabilised before bottling on our family estate.