Museum Release - Tiger Tiger Chardonnay 2012 - Cellar Door Exclusive
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Please make up orders in lots of 6 or 12 bottles (mixed six packs and mixed dozens are welcome).
Blend Chardonnay (100%), TUMBARUMBA
Season The 2012 growing season was one of the coolest in recent decades, with good spring rains and a dry December/January. Moist and cool conditions from veraison ensured stress-free ripening and good retention of aromatics and grape acid. Still bursting with freshness, the extra maturation in bottle has brought in a layer of very subtle nutty complexity, and greater richness through the mid palate.
Viticulture The vineyard sits in a saddle at 850m above sea level, at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The site drains to valleys either side and offers exceptional conditions for growing Chardonnay at the cool margin. The soil is deep, well-drained, weathered granite.
Winemaking The grapes were harvested at just over 12 Baumé, with 11+ g/L acid. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and run to a mix of new and seasoned Allier and Tronçais oak for fermentation. Each parcel underwent a full malolactic fermentation and was aged on lees before blending and bottling in February 2013.
Taste The wine is fresh on the nose with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit and flint. A changing and complex wine of depth and concentration that with time in the glass reveals lemon curd, brioche and spent matchsticks. The palate is focussed, mouth-filling and long. The wine will metamorphose and take on complexity with age.
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