Vintage 2011 was the wettest growing season the Barossa has experienced for decades, with double the normal rainfall. It was also much cooler, resulting in a longer ripening process and vintage being about three weeks later than normal. However, once vintage began in mid March, April was dry and warm with fantastic ripening conditions to give a perfect finish to the vintage.
Moppa Hills Chardonnay is taken from a single 5-acre block of Chardonnay on the De Fazio Vineyard that was planted in 1970. The vines are low yielding and soil is shallow sand with red clay subsoil. The vines on this block also benefit from cool air, which drains down the slopes of the Moppa Hills and collects in the lower gullies, which gives the fruit amazing flavours, whilst still retaining perfect acid balance.
The Chardonnay vines were harvested February 22nd. The grapes were gently bagged, pressed and the juice was transferred into a tank. The temperature was brought down to allow gravity clarifying, then raised to allow the yeast to commence fermentation. The wine went through malolactic fermentation and was bottled after 6 months. The wine is un-oaked, allowing the natural, soil-derived flavours to display.
Pale straw in colour, vivid aromas of lively citrus fruits flow from the glass – lemon and grapefruit supported by lifted honeydew melon, pear, paw paw and a dash of banana ester. You’ll find hints of soft baking spice, marzipan, nougat, citrus pith, white flowers, clotted cream and freshly squeezed lime juice meshing together and prompting you to take a sip. Well weighted in the mouth with a supple texture, the initial fruit flavours are of lemon, fresh lime and grapefruit with additional nuances of guava, melon and ripe pear. As the wine flows through to the mid-palate, hints of soft spice, marzipan and almond blossom emerge. Hints also of crème fraiche, minerals and nougat as the wine drives to a crisp, clean, energetic finish, wrapped in bright, sapid acidity.