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The Crocodile's Lair vineyard is located 700m above sea level, ripens a month later than others and benefits enormously from cool autumn temperatures.
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The essence of capturing complexity drives the flavour profile of this Chardonnay. Structured, with many layered flavour components arising from combinations of best French oak, yeast, lees contact and the finest fruit, which all reward the palate with a kaleidoscope of tastes. This pleasing palate adventure offers hints of lychee, white peach, kiwi fruit, strawberry smoothie and golden tangerine combining to generate a memorable taste experience.Vintage conditions
Low yields, but fortunately one with positive quality results. While the summer was dry the weather remained mild and every opportunity was presented to provide the cellar with exceptional fruit quality, resulting in an excellent wine.
Grapes arrived at the cellar in the early morning after enjoying an overnight cold room treatment. Grapes were then pressed ‘whole cluster’ in order to follow traditional Burgundian winemaking practices. Such whole cluster pressing provides the added complexity of small amounts of flavour from the stalks and skins. The clarified grape juice was allowed to settle before initiating fermentation under controlled conditions. The next phase was to transfer fermenting must to oak casks before point of peak fermentation arrived. The wine was left in barrel (20% new oak) for eight months and finally only removed closer to the moment of preparing for bottling.
IWC 2019: Silver
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.
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