Gemtree Gemstone Chardonnay 2014
- Certified Organic
- Certified Biodynamic
- Vegan Suitable
- Wild (Natural) Yeast Fermentation
Pale straw with green hue the nose has lychee, pear, orange blossom, stone fruits, honey due melon, white peach and creamy oak.
This is a medium weight wine with a generous palate that displays lovely texture, a lively structure without being overbearing. An element of creaminess shows through on the back palate with soft acids.
Aged in new French oak for 3 months.
All Gemstone Wines are made from 100% organic fruit that we have sourced from around the best wine-growing neighbourhoods of South Australia. The chosen parcels express fresh varietal flavours and the exciting possibilities of new and traditional blends. In short, we strive to make wines that put enjoyment ahead of understanding.
Picked at night to capture the full flavour the grapes were gently crushed, de-stemmed and lightly pressed to preserve the delicate flavour compounds. Natural fermentation commenced first in oak and then the stainless component was cross inoculated. Cool ferment temperatures (12-15 degrees) have retained the fruitiness of the wine and with lees stirring in both oak and tank the wine has a lovely creamy texture. Aged in new French oak for 3 months the fruit spectrum of the wine is retained with a hint of savoury flavours evident.
The 2013 to 2014 growing season presented us with some challenges. Adequate winter rains, a dry spring, then some unseasonal warmth and wind. The summer was warm and dry with early February looking like the harvest was going to take off. On the 14th February we were blessed with 60mm of rain. This had the positive effect of delaying sugar ripeness allowing flavours to develop naturally. This is what I classify as the “deck chair” vintage. The resulting wines from vintage 2014 are integrated, balanced and show purity of fruit.
|Region||McLaren Vale, SA|