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Premium Chardonnay 2016

A cool and extended fermenting period was the main winemaking orientation with the outstanding estate fruit in 2017. Our Chardonnay exhibits some lemon, abundant honey dew melon and pear on the nose.

The palate consists of up front lime, pear and powerful white stone fruit, fresh acid with creaminess and textural mid palate length generated by some lees contact in tank prior to bottling.

This allowed the fruit to express itself with little human intervention and also with little preservative being used throughout the maturation period.

Suitable for drinking now and will age in bottle for up to four years due to the fine acid balance. Best food matching is Seafood and Pasta and served chilled.

A brilliant wine, from a brilliant year to follow on from the massive successful 2016 Chardonnay.
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Fruit Varieties:
100% Chardonnay.

Fruit Source:
Albany 100% Wignalls 1982 planted "A" block 20%, C Block 80%.

Alcohol:
14.0%.

Baume:
13.4

pH:
3.40

TA:
8.1

Picking Dates:
From 21/03/17.
Finesse and elegance are our main focus when crafting our old block, ultra low cropping Premium Chardonnay. 2015 was a classic mild and dry year for Chardonnay in Albany.  Fermented cool in new barrels (50%)  and aged barrels for ten months, with cultured yeast and some wild yeast ferments’ to be finally blended together at bottling, has eventuated in a unique style to complement lighter food styles.
The complex ‘bouquet’ of this wine reveals a subtle minerality, blending in with fresh Lemon and Citrus aromatics, followed by discreet chariness and vanilla from the best French oak. 

Through weekly traditional ‘batonnage’- lees stirring - a creamy and multi layered texture has been achieved on the palate, balanced by the refreshing natural acid on the finish. Malolactic fermentation was minimal.
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Fruit Varieties:
100% 34 Year Old Vine Chardonnay.

Fruit Source:
100% Wignalls Albany Vineyards - Western Australia.

Alcohol:
14.0%.

Baume:
12.9

pH:
3.38

TA:
5.6

Picking Dates:
From 21/02/15.
WIGNALLS
WESTERN AUSTRALIA