2019 Cooinda Vale Chardonnay

$65

Coal River Valley

Subtle aromas of cardamom and pepper berry spice. Lemon/Lime zest and apple blossom. Palate is fine and restrained. Mineral chalkiness texture, mandarin, flint, lemon curd and pink grapefruit. Lacey acid. Bold but understated.


Vintage
2019
Variety
Chardonnay
Volume:
750mls
Alcohol:
13.4%
pH:

3.22

Standard Drinks
7.9
Acidity:

7.9g/L

Maturation

10 months, 40% new french Oak barriques & puncheon

Closure
ScrewCap
Style

Dry

A warm, dry start to the growing season with September and October rainfall well below average, and maximum temperatures generally above average. This was followed by warm dry conditions through summer with some areas of the south receiving their warmest summer on record. February saw some reprieve from the heat with a touch of rain to freshen up canopies.

Cooinda Vale Vineyard was established in 1985 by Pooley’s founders, Margaret and Dennis Pooley. Sitting between 80-100m above sea level, the vineyard is tucked away in a nook of hills North of Campania making it much more protected from prevailing weather conditions. Being more continental it also experiences greater extremes in temperatures bringing more frequent frosts, snow and heat waves. The iron lacking grey brown sandy loam over clay subsoils at this site tend to bring a moderate level of struggle to the vines by restricting deep root growth and water accessibility but in turn creates a wine that is more delicate and finer.

Wild fermentation, handpicked and whole bunch pressed. Cold settled for 1 day then racked to barrel with minimal stirring. No Malolactic, then 9 months in 40% new French Oak barriques & puncheons.

Subtle aromas of cardamom and pepper berry spice. Lemon/Lime zest and apple blossom. Palate is fine and restrained. Mineral chalkiness texture, mandarin, flint, lemon curd and pink grapefruit. Lacey acid. Bold but understated.