Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2020
The delayed ripening of a very small crop in perfect cool, dry and sunny conditions, has defined a very special Chardonnay from their unique vineyards in the distinguished Piccadilly Valley terroir. The colour is pale lemon. The aroma is of ripe peach and cantaloupe with the vanilla slice combination of vanilla, custard and pastry imparted by yeast and French oak. The flavour is full, ripe and sweet with a savoury acid and grapefruit finish.
The hand harvested Chardonnay grapes from our old Piccadilly Valley vineyards were chilled in trays in the cold-room to 2C.
The cold grapes were tipped into our gentle air-bag presses and the whole fruit pressed juice was pumped to tank before being gravitated to French oak barriques (one third new) for fermentation. The fermentation lasted two months in the cool autumn conditions. The wine was barrel aged on full lees until February of 2021 when it was clear racked from barrique and bottled.