2005 Jip Jip Rocks Chardonnay
Pale Straw. A pure and complex nose, with flinty, minerally characters as well as citrus with some almond and spicy complexity. The palate is clean and fresh with well-integrated oak characters. Like the nose, the palate is quite minerally and has great poise. This wine will age beautifully over the next 4-5 years
White winemaking is a gently crushed before fermentation. Traditionally Jip Jip Rocks Chardonnay is a blend of 2/3 each of Chardonnay grapes fermented and matured in stainless steel, and another 1/3 that starts fermentation in stainless steel and then goes into French and American oak to continue fermentation for about 4 weeks and then matured for up to 5 months in new and older French and American oak.
The 2005 summer was exceedingly cool with unseasonal rainfall in February. Fruit was under no disease pressure. The ripening continued steadily through autumn until picking in late April. As fine weather continued through the autumn the vintage came to very quick close. Varietal characters were very strong and overall assessment was extremely high.
Our sole objective is to produce the best wines possible from our unique vineyard site. Planted on own rootstock and located in the Padthaway valley which is comprised of rich Terra Rosa soils our estate vineyard benefits from excellent sun exposure producing grapes of optimum flavour, colour and tannin development. The warm summer days are moderated each evening by coastal winds that cool the vines and result in a longer ripening period. This extended period allows for the grape tannins and seed to fully ripen prior to being harvested, thus creating wines that are rich and supple on the palate.
Our pursuit of great wine can also be seen in the meticulous management of our vineyard. We strive for low crop yields and small grape bunches of intense flavour, and whilst we employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help us achieve vine balance and reduced vigour, we harvest when the fruit reaches full flavour development.