2020 Cooinda Vale Chardonnay

$65

Coal River Valley

An intricately perfumed and poised wine with lovely tension, persistent length, and seamless balance. Incredibly generous on the nose with notes of wet stone, flint, white florals, and toasted almond with marzipan, mineral, peach, and oyster shell following through on the palate. A sensational future ahead.


Vintage
2020
Variety
Chardonnay
Volume:
750mls
Alcohol:
13.2%
pH:

3.28

Standard Drinks
7.9
Acidity:

6.8g/L

Maturation

9 months maturation in 40% new French oak barriques (80% Marcel Cadet and 20% St Martin) with minimal lees stirring.

Closure
ScrewCap
Style

Dry

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.

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.

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% St Martin) with minimal lees stirring. Wild, barrel fermentation for 20 days. 40% malolactic fermentation. Clone/s: Penfolds, I10V1

An intricately perfumed and poised wine with lovely tension, persistent length, and seamless balance. Incredibly generous on the nose with notes of wet stone, flint, white florals, and toasted almond with marzipan, mineral, peach, and oyster shell following through on the palate. A sensational future ahead.