2007 Shotfire Chardonnay Thorn Clarke
Shotfire Chardonnay, Barossa Valley, Australia
This vintage had a mild and long ripening season. These conditions favoured the accumulation of fruit driven and vibrant wines.
VINIFICATION: The grapes are hand picked to produce the optimum quality. Crushed, destemmed and then pressed using a membrane press. Pressings were not used. The settled juice was racked to oak where it underwent natural fermentation by wild indigeneous yeast. The ferment was slow and hence retained all the natural fl avours of the grape. The wine was left in lees on oak for 10 months and stirred once a week to increase complexity and mouthfeel. A portion of the wine went through MLF.
The wine was then racked, fi ltered and bottled.
BARREL AGING: 100% New French oak – 10 months.
COMMENTS: The colour is straw with green tinges. The very lifted nose has plenty of nectarines, the oak provides creamy notes and complexing barrel ferment characters. The palate is medium to full bodied with nectarine and melon fruit, balanced by a lovely creamy mouthfeel. The fruit is complemented by the well integrated nutty French oak and richness provided from the wine being left on lees for 10 months.
The wine finishes long with cleansing acidity.
CELLARING: Drinking well now. Will cellar up to three years.