Little Reddie - 2020 NEW! Chardonnay
"I grew up in Barkers Creek, and this vineyard is just over the hill in Faraday, south of Harcourt in the Bendigo G.I. It's a very large planting of several verities under the management of David Braybrook, high up the mountain on incredibly rich granite soils. This wine comes from what I think to be the best block on the property, which has a steep northwest slope where eventually the vines stop towards the top of the hill where the solid granite becomes impenetrable. I like picking early here. The exposure of the hill and warmer days see flavour arriving at nice low sugars and healthy acidity.
This was the first white I pressed in the new digs. The fruit was chilled overnight then pressed very patiently in the closed pneumatic press. A very small (10 parts) sulphur addition occurred at the press tray to keep things very clean and non-oxidative. Fermentation was in stainless, where it was cold-settled but not moved from the solids afterwards (I like how this changes the acid structure of the wine). The temperature of this ferment was held at around 19 degrees with chilling (rather than being allowed to crash as I do with barrel-fermented wines). This kind of steady ferment is drier much sooner, finishing in three to four weeks. It was largely removed from the solids after primary had finished — mostly to stainless plus a couple of old puncheons. Malo was temperamental and not entirely completed. Blending with sulphur addition was in late July and then everything settled on very fine lees until bottling in November." – Pat Underwood, Little Reddie
Variety Chardonnay || Region Bendigo, VIC || ABV 11.5% || Vol 750ml