1314 Chardonnay 2021
An earlier bottling and earlier release barrel selection of parcels more suited consumption as a young wine; stylistically fresh, vibrant for immediate drinking enjoyment but will also reward short term cellaring.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes & Reviews
The 2021 growing season was almost as cool as 2020, but significantly wetter as a result of La Nina. The Chardonnay crop was below average in quantity, but the fruit quality was strong. 1314 Chardonnay is made from a blend of fruit grown on our established vineyards; the oldest vines planted in 1976.
Wild yeast fermented in French oak hogsheads of which 20% is new, followed by partial malolactic fermentation ensures the full spectrum of cool climate citrus notes and stone fruits is retained, combined with the richness and power inherently present in our unique soils.
Reflective of the season, but with a richness not often seen at wines of this price point, the 2021 1314 Chardonnay has layers of depth, flavor and texture and will drink well over the short term.
We had a fifth good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Nina rains continued through the first half of the growing season (total 730mm for 2020) making for very healthy vines/dense canopies. The rain eased early in the new year and it warmed up slightly but heat accumulation only totalled 1340 Growing Degree Days. The organic blocks performed so strongly that we will extend organic accreditation to the remainder of the vineyard in the next few years.
We started the harvest early-March with picking Chardonnay , due to the small Pinot Noir crop we only picked roughly every second or third day through to the final pick of Shiraz which was just after Easter : a slow moving harvest.
The fruit was in very good condition, and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are very high, the wines will need to wait until Spring to go through malolactic fermentation.
At this early stage the wines show promise: a nice balance of stone fruits and citrus in the Chardonnay, structure and transparency to season and site in the Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
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