2011 Jip Jip Rocks Chardonnay
Light yellow with a pale straw hue. A lifted nose of citrus fresh stone fruit characters and melon. The palate is clean and fresh, subtle lees characters, is quite fruit derived and has great poise.
Gentle pressing and free run juices create the base of this wine. Traditionally Jip Jip Rocks Chardonnay is a 2/3 blend fermented and matured in stainless steel and 1/3 fermented in stainless steel which receives extended lees contact to add texture and complexity to the palate.
Harvest commenced three weeks later than usual due to the cooler temperatures and delayed ripening. This did result in some good parcels of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc harvested which showed great early fruit flavor development. For reds, Shiraz is the stand out variety; though reduced tonnages we are confident of achieving some good quality due to selective harvesting. Similar with Cabernet Sauvignon there are some parcels which are showing good potential. Overall, it was a challenging vintage, the most difficult in the past decade. But what we have managed to produce shows wonderful elegance.