2020 Butcher’s Hill Chardonnay

$65

Coal River Valley

An elegant, lean chardonnay that highlights classic cool-climate characters of stonefruit, mineral and toasted almond. Rich undertones of toffee and buttered popcorn with a layered, lengthy finish on the palate.


Vintage
2020
Variety
Chardonnay
Volume:
750mls
Alcohol:
13.3%
pH:

3.19

Acidity:

7.0g/L

Maturation

9 months maturation in 40% new French oak barriques (80% Marcel Cadet and 20% Sirugue, 36 months seasoned, tight grain).

Closure
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2020 saw a dry start to the growing season with winter rainfall well below average. Cold and windy conditions during flowering resulted in smaller yields. Early summer saw a continuation of dry conditions but temperatures moderated significantly coupled with significant rainfall in late February and March freshened up canopies providing an ideal finish to the growing season.

The Butchers Hill Vineyard located in Richmond at the historic Belmont Lodge was established in 2003. The vineyard is a prominent feature to the Richmond landscape as it protrudes from the borders of the town. The steep north facing slope of this site starting from 30m-100m above sea level means that it receives some very long sunlight hours, protection from cold southern winds and increased drainage of soils. The ferricrete attribute of the soils not only hold heat and water longer as they are darker but the iron oxide also interacts with the production of flavonoids in the fruit and typically produces wines that are complex and robust. There are currently 6ha of vine planted on this property in total.

Hand-picked, chilled to 5 degrees overnight. Whole-bunch pressed to tank, then put to barrel the next morning. 9 months maturation in 40% new French oak barriques (80% Marcel Cadet and 20% Sirugue, 36 months seasoned, tight grain) with minimal lees stirring. Wild, barrel fermentation for 22 days. 40% malolactic fermentation.

An elegant, lean chardonnay that highlights classic cool-climate characters of stonefruit, mineral and toasted almond. Rich undertones of toffee and buttered popcorn with a layered, lengthy finish on the palate.