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Sparkling White

Honey Moon Vineyard Blanc de Blancs 2017


$ $50.00
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Grapes – 90% Chardonnay from the Anderson (Almond Cart) vineyard in Charleston, plus 10% Chardonnay reserve wine from Piccadilly, Chapel Hill Vineyard, ex magnums (on light lees).

2017 Vintage – the growing season was the wettest since 1992, with 30% of the annual rainfall falling in July and September. The wet soils and cold weather in spring delayed budburst, flowering and veraison and thus the 2017 vintage was one of the latest in many years (3-5 weeks late). Some experienced grape growers in the Hills noted that this was typical of vintages in the early 1990s. As the season went on we had the benefit of a lovely warm dry autumn that allowed grapes to ripen slowly and develop delicate flavours and retain ideal acid levels. A great season for white and sparkling wines!

Winemaking – Grapes hand harvested then whole bunch pressed. Only the cuvée juice (first 500L per tonne) was used for this wine. The clarified juice was then fermented in old French oak barriques*, where it went through malo-lactic fermentation as well. The wine was aged on yeast lees for 10 months then prepared for tirage bottling on the 2 March 2018. (The reserve component, from the 2012 vintage, underwent the same process - and had been maturing on light lees, developing complexity - until it was added at the tirage stage… a laborious process of emptying lots of magnums!)

 

Disgorgement – by hand, on demand. This means that the wine remains in contact with the yeast lees, under cool cellaring conditions, for as long as possible – with all the benefits that this brings. All subsequent processes, including expedition liqueuring and bottle dressing, are hand-done by Jane & Hylton. 

Alc/Vol: 12.6%


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