A cool and moderate growing season coupled with a mild summer created ideal conditions for expressive and restrained Chardonnay from our two blocks of Gin Gin Chardonnay at Aravina Estate.
Picked earlier then previous years the fruit was leaner in flavor and a resultant lighter framed wine was produced. Solid yields of 4.5t/Ha, hand harvested and chilled overnight. Whole bunch pressed, the juice was racked to French oak (38% new) barriques and puncheons for ferment. Natural ferment occurred and maturation for 11 months followed. The parcel underwent 60% malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was blended, lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.