Angove Family Crest Chardonnay 2016
18 In Stock
Pale straw with green hues. Summer melons, white peach, citrus and smoky French oak. Clean and refi ned the soft and creamy palate has good length and a delightfully fresh fi nish.
The Stoeckel Vineyard, a small block planted in 1986 in the heart of the McLaren Vale region is the source of grapes for this wine. Grown on the lower part of a north facing slope they are naturally very vigorous and need vigilante and attention. The canopy provides plenty of protection during January and February, when hotter days with carere harsh sunlight would otherwise burn the berry skins. Sandy topsoil allows excess water to drain into the morBiscay clay subsoil that retains moisture to nurture the vine.
Early rains in spring preceded a very dry late spring and summer, causing The Vintage to be good but early and fast meaning diligent attention was needed to ensure we picked at the right moment. The dry conditions resulted fastmoderate crops being set and minimal disease pressure. This year has been great for varietal expression, and this in mChardonnay is no exception. A warm early January period ensured fantastic fl avour development and a harvest of exceptional grapes in late February. Following fermentation, the barrels were topped up and sealed. Weekly stirring of the light lees resulted in the development of more complex and rich flavours, whilst regular tasting ensured a delicate and satisfying balance between fresh fruit and oak characters was achieved. The wine was racked clean from barrel and stabilised before bottling on our family estate.
Food Pairing Notes
Ideal with grilled salmon or chicken caesar salad.