“This is my favourite white grape as it's all about the complexity and reductive notes achieved through natural fermentation. Made from the Gingin clone, it's a very difficult clone to work with, however as with most things we do it's the difficult things that produce the best result.” - Steve Pannell
Steve helped his father plant the first GinGin clone Chardonnay vineyard in Margaret River as a young boy and has been on a search to find it in the Adelaide Hills since arriving SA in the mid 90’s. The Mendoza or Gingin clone walks the middle ground between old school and modern and has made Margaret River Chardonnay what it is today. Characteristically high concentration of flavour and phenolics from lots of little berries interspersed with a few larger ones. It is a difficult clone to grow and work with that delivers a superb result. And as most things we do it’s the most difficult things that produce the best result.
Chardonnay is Steve’s favourite white grape and for him it is all about the complexity and the reductive notes achieved through natural fermentation, the use of very large French oak and settling on lees in tank for three months before bottling. A wine that will age particularly well showing a balance of acidity and freshness with length of phenolics and great hold on the finish.
The 2017 vintage was a very cool, mild and stress-free occasion for vines, not winemakers! Good winter and spring rains were followed by a very mild, long summer. The results are wines with ample fruit complexity and great natural acidity. Most importantly however is the delicious fruit freshness
Vintage: 2017 Variety: Chardonnay Region: Adelaide Hills, SA Alcohol: 12.8%