Tasting notes from the winery for Farm Hand Chardonnay 2019
Light green in colour with fresh and fruit-driven aromas of citrus and nectarine with subtle creamy notes. The palate is laden with fruit of excellent purity. Stone-fruits and citrus flavours build to a pleasingly round mouthfeel before being carried to a dry finish by fresh acidity. A well balanced and attractive Chardonnay that will be a versatile companion to a wide range of seafood and white meats.
The Farm Hand wines are grown by the Grigoriou family, fourth-generation wine growers, from almost one hundred acres of Organic Vineyards in the Monash Valley of South Australia.
VINYARDS: The moderate, dry climate with very low rainfall during autumn and fertile soils is perfect suited to Organic Viticulture. The well established vines (up to thirty years of age) are planted widely apart for airflow to minimise disease pressure and minimal drip irrigation ensures low yielding fruit with rich flavours and varietal expressiveness
VINTAGE: This was a challenging year and so very much makes you think of Australia. It was a warmer vintage with only sporadic rains in some parts causing the berries to ripen sooner than prior years. Through great vineyard, water and canopy management the resultant fruit is bright and flavourful with a soft acidity. This is a vintage showing up front fruit flavours and perfect for drinking from the get-go.
WINEMAKING: Fruit is harvested during the early morning hours to retain freshness and partially whole bunch pressed. A fast and precise vinification in stainless steel with minimal oxygen contact maximises fruit expression and aromatics. A cool fermentation (15 to 18 degrees) is undertaken in stainless steel tanks before maturation on lees for four months.
VARIETY: 100% Chardonnay
REGION: Monash Valley of South Australia
WINEMAKER: Con-Greg Grigoriou