2017 Salo Chardonnay
Our fruit was grown by Simon Harte at the high altitude, Full Moon Vineyard in Gladysdale, Yarra Valley.
Simon farms the red basalt clay soils with the utmost care, tending his Chardonnay vines like a garden, and getting amazing results for us over the last 5 years.
We’re pretty excited about 2017, not only because it is our tenth vintage, but because it has to be one of the best we’ve seen…the growing season was moderate and these moderate years produce the great Yarra wines.
It all began with a warm 2016 season, which gave us lots of healthy, fruitful buds, followed by a nice dry spring with good flowering and fruit set. Mild temperatures coupled with intermittent rain events leading up to harvest kept our canopies dark green and healthy. Everything progressed at a fairly relaxed pace meaning we could wait patiently until ripeness and flavour was just right before picking. It was just a beautiful year to grow grapes and make wine.
The yields were very good and the fruit was in pristine condition at harvest. The flavours were a lovely version of citrus and white stonefruit, with an amazingly balanced crisp acidity.
Mix of 96 and 76 Clones on own roots at about a 50/50 blend.
Fruit was sorted in the vineyard, then whole bunch pressed straight to 500 Litre French puncheons with wild yeast fermentation.
The Large oak vessels we use are all second, third use, so they have been seasoned to take off the hard edges.
Ferments were nice and warm peaking at about 25 deg C. No stirring, no malolactic fermentation.
After 10 months of natural settling, the wine was decanted off yeast lees to tank for a short chill in December.
No fining or filtration at all, so you may see a very fine sediment after a few years.
Bottled on the 11th January, 2018.
245 cases made.
Release date 16th July, 2018