Kalleske Florentine Chenin Blanc 2011
Florentine is straw in colour. Inviting aromas of fresh pear, quince, hay and a hint; of almond emanate from the glass. The palate is light-medium bodied with fresh fruit supported by subtle barrel fermentation characters. A finely balanced wine with a soft lightly creamy texture and lingering fresh finish. Florentine is ready to enjoy now but will cellar gracefully.
Vineyard: Florentine is from a single vineyard of Chenin Blanc on the Kalleske property that was planted in 1988. The vines are low yielding and soil is shallow sand with clay subsoil. It gains its name from Caroline ‘Florentine’ Kalleske, the first daughter of Johann Georg Kalleske who migrated to Australia from Prussia in 1838.
Winemaking:The grapes were harvested in the cool of the night on 26th February. They were then whole bunch pressed and the juice was settled prior to racking to fermentation. The juice was entirely wild fermented with native yeast and half the ferment was undertaken in Russian & Hungarian oak hogsheads and the other half was in tank. Partial lees stirring was employed post fermentation for added texture and complexity. The wine was blended and bottled after5 months barrel maturation.