Mr Riggs Cold Chalk Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019 (6 Bottles)

Mr Riggs Cold Chalk Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019 (6 Bottles)

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This is classy Chardonnay. It's tight, mineral and lean yet, bright, vibrant, powerful, complex and long.
History
As a young winemaker travelling the globe, the ‘Old World’ Chardonnays that Ben fell in love in the 1980’s were described as ‘like drinking cold chalk soup’, and have inspired him to make this beloved Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.

Vineyard
‘Tomich’ vineyard situated in the Adelaide Hills, is where Ben found the perfect cool site to make a dry Chardonnay renowned for the purity of its aroma and taste – a cool climate vineyard located in an area which is 2.5 degrees cooler than McLaren Vale on average. The vines are set to a vertical shoot positioning and made up of a combination of new and exciting French Dijon, 96, 76 clones and just a touch of American clone I10. The French clones add beautiful pear and apple characters and a richness and lingering minerality whilst the American adds a sharp citrus with a fine line of acid.

Wine
The grapes were picked early, before ripening just after the green, herbaceous characters had disappeared. The fruit was whole bunch pressed, the juice was minimally settled, wild yeast was added, and finally the grapes were fermented in only old French oak barrels. Ben aims for the complexity of the barrel fermentation characters to come through rather than new oak characters. Once ferment had finished the wine was left on lees for six months. This has resulted in a wine that is higher in natural acid, lower in alcohol, which aids in giving the ‘Cold Chalk’ its complexity. It demonstrates a flinty, steely edge and chalky mouth feel, without compromising the purity of the fruit in both flavour and aroma

Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Chardonnay
Appellation: Adelaide Hills, SA
Alcohol: 13%


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