Mt Difficulty Lowburn Valley, McFelin Ridge,
The riper characters of McFelin Ridge come through with stonefruit and peach notes, followed by a nice line of lime and a background brioche note. There is a supple, textured entry onto the palate with a lovely depth of stonefruit and white peach blossom. The wine has lovely focus and treads a fine line on the palate; brioche notes frame clean acidity on the finish of the wine.
Mt Difficulty McFelin Ridge Chardonnay will improve for 5 -7 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
A very interesting season - overall we ended up with about an average amount of heat even though the season had a distinctly cool bent to it. A very warm wet spring kicked off the growing season in style with very early bud-burst. Just as we were entering into flowering the weather deteriorated with very cool weather being the norm right through late December. This impacted on flowering with lower than average yield.
The fruit was hand-picked at peak ripeness on the 9th April, this was a cool season and yet we harvested the fruit earlier than we have in the past. The fruit was handled in an oxidative fashion, destemmed and pressed to barrel. We fermented 100% of the juice in barrel with full solids using indigenous yeasts. 11% 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. 14% T/A 3.32gL-1 pH 5.7 Residual Sugar <1 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
5 August 2018
"Great bouquet of Chardonnay with a flinty, mineral, steely and fruity beginning. Dry on the palate with flavours of white and yellow stone fruits, wood spice, baking spice and cashew. Plenty of acidity adding highlights to a silky texture, soft and creamy oak layer; balanced , lengthy and well-made. A really nice example of cool climate Otago Chardonnay. Best from today and through 2024."