Mill Hill Chardonnay 2016

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Mill Hill Chardonnay 2016

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Product Code: mornington-peninsula-mill-hill-chardonnay16
Mornington Peninsula, Polperro Mill Hill Chardonnay

Mornington Peninsula, Polperro Mill Hill Chardonnay

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Additional Information

Brand Polperro
Region Mornington Peninsula
Year 16

Vineyard :  Mill Vineyard Technical Info Altitude : 270m above sea level  Coordinates:    38*21’48’’ south, 144* 58’38’ East Average rainfall:  900mm Cropping:  1.8 tons/acre    Clone:  I10V5 (2.2 acres)Planted : 1994 Trellising system:  VSP and cane pruned Vineyard orientation : gentle northerly slope  with vineyard rows running due North

The vineyard is managed without using  herbicides or insecticides and the use of biological and good cultural practices is maximised to control disease. For the most part only organically permitted fungicides are used to control disease in the vineyard, however, on rare occasions, systemic fungicides are needed.  Our plan is to gradually convert the vineyard to organic once the vineyard’s immune system is fully developed.

Wine Making

Analysis: pH:  3.24T/A  7.1 g/l FSO2 : 25ppm  TSo2 : 90ppm Alc:  12.9%v/v  Dissolved oxygen: 0.60 mg/L  The fruit is handpicked in two picks, and whole bunched pressed using a gentle champagne press cycle. No enzymes or sulphur are used at the press tray and the juice is oxidatively handled to get rid of oxidative enzymes early on in the winemaking process. The wine is left at ambient and transferred to barrel with full solids and minimal sulphur  is added. Fermentation occurs using wild yeast and is then left unsulfured to the following summer at which time most of the wine has completed full malo- lactic fermentation.  A minimal amount of sulphur is added in the spring and left in barrel for a total of 12 months where it is racked off gross lees and into tank.  The resulting wine is bottled using no finings and minimal filtration.

Tasting Notes

An open and expressive Chardonnay with lifted lemon curd and spice on the nose. The palate shows yellow peaches, rich creaminess and crisp acidity known to the Mill Hill vineyard site. A well-balanced Chardonnay, with a beautiful length and floral finish.

Review Classy wines coming out of this relatively new producer, with an eye on shifting some of the comfortable styles of Mornington Peninsula just a touch. This is from one of the highest vineyards in the region. Succulent, complex, layered wine of lemon, green apple, faint honey, whiffs of nuttiness and flecks of light, mineral-like charm. Drives across the palate well, softens a little from the initial thrust of leaner fruit flavours, feels interesting and a touch classy. It has drinkability in spades, and a certain elegance. Mike Bennie- 93 points
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