Mt Difficulty Lowburn Valley, Packspur, Chardonnay 2018 6 bottles
Mt Difficulty Lowburn Valley, Packspur, Chardonnay 2018 is open and inviting. Acacia blossom aromas are intertwined with mandarin on a background of yellow peach. A broad-textured palate with good acidity and a touch of oak round out an enduring finish.
Mt Difficulty Packspur Chardonnay will improve for 5 -7 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
The 2018 growing season can best be described as a vintage of two halves. There was exceptional warmth from September through late January, kicking off the growing season at a rather brisk pace. When February arrived temperatures plummeted below average as rainfall soared well above average. This pattern of cool, wet weather persisted right through harvest. Ultimately the fruit from this vintage shows beautiful, fresh ripeness.
The fruit was hand-picked at peak ripeness on the 16th of March and handled in an oxidative fashion; destemmed and pressed straight to barrel. We fermented 100% of the juice in barrel with full solids using indigenous yeasts. 10% new French oak was used for the wine’s maturation, whilst maturing no lees stirring was utilised. The wine went through a partial (~70%) malolactic fermentation in spring, after which the barrels were stirred for a period. The wine was racked from barrel and filtered before being bottled, unfined, in March.
Alc. 12.8% T/A 45.3 gL-1 pH Residual Sugar <1 gL-1