2007 Jip Jip Rocks Chardonnay
Pale Straw. A pure and complex nose, with fresh citrus characters as well as stonefruit, melon, cashews. The palate is clean and fresh with subtle complexing oak characters. Like the nose, the palate is quite fruit derived 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 2007 Vintage in Australia has been one of the most challenging in memory. It started with severe spring frosts which caused some minimal damage and loss to some of our vineyard. Widespread drought over several years meant that soil moisture levels in many vineyards were low. Due to higher temperatures and low rainfall, the harvest of early and late varieties were compressed, leading to a compact harvest. It’s not all doom and gloom though with tiny berry formation, the fruit we processed showed great intensity and quality.
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.