2014 Sandpiper Chardonnay
The wine is a pale straw colour with a green hue. The nose displays some complexity with white peach and citrus, complimented by underlying nutty characteristics. This is a medium weight wine with peach and citrus characters, a creamy mid palate, balanced nicely with a tight acid line. The wine finishes with balance and a good persistance.
Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press). After settling the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of the fruit. After fermentation the yeast lees were stirred for 6 weeks (battonage). Post fermentation the wine was stabilized, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.
Spring rainfall was also well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall.
Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good floral characters and the fruit retaining its natural acidity.