2012 Sandpiper Chardonnay
The wine is a light straw colour. The nose displays some complexity with citrus and stone fruits complimented by subtle barrel characters. This is a medium weight wine with melon fruit and citrus characters balanced nicely with good acidity. There is medium bodied mouthfeel, the wine finishes with good length of citrus fruits.
Crushed, de-stemmed 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.
The 2012 vintage was preceded by a cool summer and above average rainfall during the winter months. Excellent picking conditions for the Mount Crawford white wines produced fine and delicate flavours typical of the Eden Valley. The mild conditions ensure the reds could be harvested during the night and early morning without heat compromising quality.
Several warmer weeks in January and February ensured the reds developed excellent colour and fruit character whilst maintaining good acid structure and overall balance. Vintage 2012 was a ‘light’ year with yields of both reds and whites 20-30% below what would normally be expected.
Commended at 2013 International Wine Challenge