Save Our Souls Chardonnay 2018
Alc/vol 13.0%. 900 dozen made
Mendoza, 76 and 96 Chardonnay
Honeydew melon, peach, hazelnuts, lime pith & zest, grapefruit, long & lingering.
Eat. Roast chicken with thyme and garlic or a big box of salty popcorn.
Mendoza Chardonnay was hand harvested from Coombe Farm in Coldstream on the 27th of February. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and no cuts were made. The juice kicked off easily, the fermentation was vigorous in the beginning, and finished off after around three and a half weeks. The wine remained in tank with no additions and allowed to go through Malo. A second parcel of fruit, clone 96, was harvested from Coombe Farm, on the 10th of March. The fruit was pressed hard, with no pressing cuts, in the search for phenolics. The juice was chilled and sent to stainless steel tanks.
Fermentation commenced naturally and was allowed to continue with no additions made. No sulphur dioxide was added and the wines went through malolactic fermentation unassisted. Prior to bottling a blend was put together of approximately 65% Mendoza and 35% from the tank of Clone 96. A small addition of 40ppm of SO2 was made prior to bottling.
“SOS. Cracking drink here. Lots of ‘chardonnay 101’ with stone fruit, flinty mineral notes, nougat, cinnamon spice jostling in bouquet and palate – this is a great way to get a hit of chardy with bright, vivacious appeal on its side. Enough flavour and texture to win over the stalwarts of the variety, enough brisk, fresh feel to drive people into it. Just so. Lovely, lovely drink, punching well above its weight. An epic bargain”.
93 points Mike Bennie, Wine Front.