2020 Salo Chardonnay
The Full Moon vineyard and Chardonnay are perfect allies.
When the right soil is married to the right grape, really cool things happen.
This partnership can transcend all challenges and shines well above human interference.
Our 2020 Salo Chardonnay celebrates this.
This is our eighth year working with Simon Harte at the Full Moon Vineyard up in the Southern Hills of the Upper Yarra Valley. Simon tends old vines grown on chocolate, red coloured volcanic soils on a gentle west facing slope in Gladysdale.
A wet and cold spring of 2019 led to a long and slow flowering period. The resulting poor fruit set meant our yield was approximately 50% of the average. However, our soils were charged with water and our vines incredibly healthy for the months ahead.
A complete turnaround occurred in December with a warm and windy month drying out soils and forests. The vines were absolutely flying along.
To continue the weather rollercoaster, we had one of the coolest and wettest January to March periods on record. This is the crux of the vintage.
Very slow, even ripening allowed the grapes to retain subtle, fresh flavours and remarkable acids. The resulting wines are pure, pretty and complex and will age incredibly well.
Our winemaking hasn’t changed a great deal in the last 12 years.
We just let the wine flow naturally, with a few tweaks here and there.
Hand Picked fruit was chilled in the cold room overnight and then whole bunch pressed to a small tank high in the winery.
The tank is then rummaged and run to 500 Litre (all second and third use) puncheons by gravity with full juice solids.
Wild fermentation finished in late April and the wine was lightly sulphured a few months later.
No stirring, unfined and unfiltered.
The wine is full of citrus and fresh melon with soft, yet crunchy acid and a persistent, even weight through the palate.
It’s probably one of the more balanced and restrained Salo Chardonnays at this stage, showing that crazy long cool year.
Check out this recent review from Gary Walsh of Wine Front:
Pretty much always a good wine. Subtle saline and slight funk, white peach, lemon zest, a little cashew. It’s gently glossy, with something of a green herb flavour in the mix, dusty almost peppery texture, and powdery grip on a pretty long grapefruity finish. Nice wine. Texture is good, and it’s interesting with it.
Rated : 93 Points
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Steve and Dave