2016 Little Beast Chardonnay

Little Beast Vineyard, clone UCD 15 was planted in 2002 in the volcanic clay hilltops surrounding the Stony Batter reserve.

Pruned to a single arched cane with careful shoot positioning and no leaf removal, the canopy is upright, low and porous. The fruit was picked based on acidity (10.3 g/L TA) and flavour, hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. The resulting juice was taken directly to old French 500 litre puncheons, un-fined and cloudy for fermentation.

A natural, un-inoculated fermentation began and continued to dryness with no temperature regulation giving a savoury edge to the wine. The wine remained in barrel and underwent malolactic fermentation before being settled and racked twice for an early bottling in the Spring.

The 2016 Little Beast Chardonnay has aromas of golden fleshed stone fruit, green apple and cooking spice and a floral lift. The palate is deliciously juicy with a sweet ripe entry, and a clean dry finish.