Allan Scott, Scott Base Central Otago Chardonnay 2012
Vineyard: A terraced vineyard with sandy, silty, loam soil, and sustainably managed. The vines are spur pruned, and the laterals removed to encourage the vine to concentrate on fruit production.
Vinification: Each batch of selected grapes was harvested in the cool of the morning, pressed, and the juice settled at cool temperatures. This was then barrel fermented using wild yeasts on solids, in French oak at cool temperatures. When the alcoholic fermentation is near completion the wine is allowed to go through a full malolactic fermentation and then a further maturation in barrels with regular lees stirring.
Bouquet: Aromas of citrus and ripe white peach with nutty notes and toasty oak.
Palate: Lifted fresh grapefruit and citrus on the palate. Tightly structured with a fine minerality overlying hints of honeycomb. Still very youthful with plenty of promise for the future.
Region / Country: Central Otago, New Zeland