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2011 The McIntyre Chardonnay



The 2011 Vintage

This vintage proved remarkably successful at Moorooduc Estate, particularly for white wines, despite the very difficult growing conditions experienced throughout that season. The drought had broken and instead of lack of water, too much water and unheard of humidity was the problem. Through extra care in the vineyard and stringent fruit selection we triumphed over the difficult conditions. One unusual, positive aspect of this vintage was that phenolic and flavour ripeness happened at lower sugar levels than normal.
Winemaker: Richard McIntyre
Viticulturist: Hugh Robinson
Vineyards: fruit 100% from the McIntyre Vineyard (planted in 1983)
Hand harvesting
Whole bunch pressing
100% wild yeast fermentation in French oak barrels, 25% being new
Natural malolactic fermentation (65%) in barrel
10 Months in wood on lees with 1 racking prior to bottling
Light fining and filtration