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 another good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Niña rains
continued through the first half of the growing season (630mm July to June) but eased after Christmas, although storms and hail were often in the forecast and nearby. Temperatures increased significantly in the second half of the season to a total of 1430 Growing Degree Days.
We started picking Chardonnay early March, and with only a couple of exceptions (Sauv Blanc and Riesling) the yields for every block were
near long term average. The fruit was in very good condition, picking weather was mostly very helpful and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are average but most lots will go through malolactic fermentation in the
At this 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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