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2016 Millton Opou Chardonnay


This wine has brightness and clarity of light and aroma. It is well gathered and has harmony across the overall taste. There is an air of antiquity in this style yet a new world lift which makes for a very satisfying glass of wine. Warm and delicious, fine yet complex reflecting its true sense of belonging.

Opou Vineyard was first planted in 1969.  Here there is a mixture of Chardonnay selections mostly from Mendoza selections.  The soil type is complex clay loam over river derived silts giving wines of aroma and texture. The grapes were hand harvested and pressed directly to small French Oak barrels from several cooperages where the grain of the original trees are tight allowing a long slow transfer of oxygen  into the young wine as it matures.  17% of these barrels were new.  Fermentation starts naturally and continues for 3 weeks rising in temperature to about 23C.  Some barrels have a secondary malolactic fermentation to soften the palate and increase texture.  After 12 months, when the next season fruit comes into the winery, the wine, is then assembled in stainless steel tanks to rest before bottled, on the property in the following spring.

Winemaker Notes:

There is an immediate eye appeal which is shining and the floral aromas of orange and white blossom together with honeyed notes and nutty acorns which lead into a clean fresh yet soft complexity.  It smells like yellow and tastes like the words from AA Milne.

With time in the glass the taste progresses towards a long and rounded mouth texture clipped with cleansing acidity and framed by silken tannins.  It is soft and appealing and the mouth flavours have not been altered with any additional fining from animal products so it is an honest expression from our place to your face.  Enjoy.  Unfined.  Contains no animal products.

Drink between 2017 – 2025.

• BioGro Certified Organic
• Demeter Certified Biodynamic
• Grown and Bottled on the Property
• Dry Farmed

Total acidity: 5.1g/l pH: 3.63
Alcohol: 12.5% Residual Sugar: 0.9g/l
Harvest dates: 10th March - 2nd April 2015
Bottled on: 30th August 2017
Released on: 1st October 2017

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