2008 Sandpiper Chardonnay
The wine is a light straw colour. The nose displays some complexity with citrus fruits, some barrel ferment characters and struck match. This is a medium weight wine with melon fruit and citrus characters balanced nicely with good acidity. There is some oatmeal like characters contributing to the rich mouthfeel. The wine finishes with good length of citrus fruits.
Crushed, destemmed and then pressed using a membrane press. Pressings were not used. Fermented using french Yeast at 12-15 degrees celcius. The ferment was kept slow and cool to retain all the natural flavours of the grape. the wine was then racked and filtered. Bottling took place soon afterwards so the wine was a true expression of the grape and the terroir from which it was made.
2008 was a very warm year with harvest being completed in a very short period. The resultant wines from the vintage reflect the growing conditions with loads of upfront fruit and rich mouthfeel, meaning wines from this vintage will have a great deal of aging potential as well.