2017 Issy's Macclesfield Chardonnay


2017 Issy's Macclesfield Chardonnay

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In vintage 2017, the birth year of our daughter Isabelle (aka ‘Issy’) we decided to make a special Chardonnay from an exceptional site in the southern Upper Yarra Valley near the township of Macclesfield.

Situated on an elevated, north facing slope and grown on volcanic red and grey clay loam soils, this vineyard is the epitome of cool climate viticulture where Chardonnay is a star.

Issy’s Chardonnay is made from Dijon clone 76 and was hand picked and sorted before processing. At the winery we chilled, then gently pressed the majority of fruit, running juice and solids straight to a combination new and old 500L puncheons for fermentation using wild yeast.

The remaining fruit was destemmed into a single open pot and fermented on skins for 5 days before lightly pressing to old oak to complete primary ferment.

In barrel, Issy was lees stirred intermittently throughout winter and MLF was avoided to help retain vibrancy and style.

After 9 months maturation, the final blend was made, consisting of only 500L total - a combination 1 (50%), 2 (30%) and 3 year old (20%) puncheons. We opted to use no new oak in Issy’s wine, this is more about about fruit purity, sulphide complexity and texture from small batch handling and the finest Chardonnay fruit of the vintage.

Issy shows fragrant white florals, nectarine, preserved lemon and flint, backed by savoury ferment characters. In the mouth there’s pithy and textured citrus and baked apple spice with driving acid that feels waxed and briny.

Production: 600 bottles

ALC: 13.0%  PH: 3.20  TA: 7.0