2008 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. This wine will age beautifully over the next 4-5 years.
Gentle pressing and free run juices create the base of this wine. Traditionally Jip Jip Rocks Chardonnay is a 2/3s 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.
It started out full bore with the usual warm February weather. All our grape varieties started to ripen at the same time making it one of our most compact vintages to date. Vine-balance was carefully monitored, resulting in fruit that demonstrate the vibrancy and fruit-derived characters that we strive for in our wines.
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.