2019 Sandpiper Chardonnay
The 2019 Sandpiper Chardonnay is pale straw in colour with bright green hues. On the nose, characters of white peach & nectarine are plentiful, lifted with notes of grapefruit and fresh lemon zest. On the palate, a touch of savoury French oak is accompanied by further notes of citrus and a subtle nuttiness. All this leads to a medium bodied wine with great structure and drive.
Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press). After settling, each batch was assessed and either allowed to naturally ferment, or inoculated with a neutral yeast to emphasis the fruit. Approximately 20% of the blend was transferred as juice to new French oak barrels and underwent barrel ferment. After fermentation the yeast lees were stirred for 4 months (battonage), and sulphured up so as to minimise any malolactic fermentation and retain the refreshing acid balance.
The 2019 vintage in the Barossa can be summed up with two key points; low yields and high quality. Low yield due to environmental conditions lead to concentration of varietal characters in the bunches and the berries produced this year were intense in fragrance & flavour. Best of all they have an amazing balance. Truly 2019 will sit alongside the greatest vintages the Barossa has seen this century.