This wine was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed into old French oak barrels where it was allowed to undergo wild fermentation. The wine received 12 months lees stirring every second week before it was allowed to naturally clarify for 4 months. The wine received a small amount of sulphur prior to bottling and was neither filtered nor cold stabilised which allows the vineyard and season to fully express itself. Of the 4 barrels two tasted feminine and became the Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay while the other 2 more full-bodied and masculine became this Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
2013 Adelaide Hills Vintage Conditions
Rainfall. Winter rainfall for Piccadilly’s Botanical Gardens was slightly above the long term average which is great seeing our Chardonnay vines have been dry grown since 2010. However there was not much relief or respite after September started as we only experienced a few mild showers throughout the development.
Flowering. Flowering was underway normally, beginning in mid to late November, and weather conditions were extremely kind. After the small crop in 2012 it was a relief to have a higher yield but it meant that we were dependent on the warmer weather to ripen the berries fully.
Weather. The season was warmer than usual with an occasional heat spike. However the brisk nights meant that the acidity was retained throughout the season. We hand-picked our Chardonnay on the 17th of March in the cool morning before transporting them over for whole bunch pressing.