Spring Seed Four O'Clock Chardonnay 2015

  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Organic
2015 was a great white year in McLaren Vale (no shark pun intended) - the wine shows length, balance and freshness with citrus and stone fruit and a hint of pineapple. This wine shows so much flavour and character for a wine that is completely unoaked. ‘Four o’clock’ is pretty versatile, too; great as an aperitif (don’t serve too chilled) and wonderful with a range of foods: roast chicken and mushroom risotto is my standard food matching suggestion.

$16.75 in a straight case of 12

$17.36 in a mixed case of 12

$19.50 each


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Spring Seed Wines are made from grapes lovingly grown in our family's organic vineyard, located in the premium wine region of McLaren Vale, South Australia. The vineyard was established in the early 1970's by Peter and Anthea Bosworth, and is now owned and run by their son Joch, who began the conversion to organic viticulture in 1995. The vines are fully certified 'A' grade organic by Australian Certified Organic, a process that takes four years and involves yearly audits and random sampling of produce.

The Spring Seed Wine labels are unashamedly inspired by vintage flower seed packets created at the turn of the last century. The colour, clarity and beauty of the original seed packets are quite remarkable. We chose three different flower images to adorn each one of our McLaren Vale, simply because they are quite lovely. The Four O'Clock Chardonnay displays the Four O'Clock (Mirabilis jalapa), Gaillardia (Gaillardia pulchella) and the Brachycome (Iberidifolia).

Vintage: We had a very early start to vintage in 2015, with generally mild conditions throughout. We had only a handful of hot days, which allowed natural acids to develop nicely. This was a very short, sharp vintage, with most winemakers finishing  their vintage well before Easter.  Yields were down, somewhere between 10 and 30% depending on variety.  Joch’s take on the whole thing? ‘Fast, early and pretty’.

Winemaking: We pick our Four O’clock Chardonnay at night, or early in the morning to keep the grapes cool and help jolly along the delicate nectarine and stone fruit characters and not lose them. Joch and the team make this wine in batches so we end up with different components when it comes time to put the wine together and bottle it. We get our Chardonnay from 3 different (organic) blocks on the vineyards, so each batch brings its own peculiarities of site with it to the mix. We try our very hardest to keep the ferment away from oxygen, and the grapes undergo a cool ferment in stainless steel tanks. We don’t allow the wine to go through the secondary malolactic fermentation, because we want to protect the natural acidity.

Technical Details
Picking Date: 5th and 9th February 2015
Alc/Vol: 13.0%
Bottling Date: 27th April 2015

(SKU: 1472)

Alcohol % 13.0
Vintage 2015
Region McLaren Vale, SA
Grapes Chardonnay
Vegan Suitable Yes
Certified Organic Yes
Wine Type White
Volume 750mL
Closure Screwcap
Packaging Glass Bottle

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