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Elderton Chardonnay 2022

Bouchon Wines and SpiritsSKU: au/EWChar22

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Barossa Valley, South Australia

Elderton Wines is proudly owned by the Ashmead family in Australia’s picturesque Barossa Valley and offers some of the best Barossa wines that the region has to offer. With a philosophy of winemaking that has stayed with us throughout the years, our vision is to create excellence from distinguished vineyard sites. Our flagship wines, the Command Shiraz and Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon are renowned single vineyard wines, sourced from vineyards that date back to 1894 and 1944 respectively.
Today, Elderton runs three vineyards that highlight the individual terroirs of the region through a wide range of varietals; Nuriootpa supplies most of our flagship wines; Greenock provides the power and vines dating back to 1915; and finally, Eden Valley offers elegance. From the three vineyard sites, Elderton’s aim is to make balanced wines that can be enjoyed young but will stand the test of time.
Barossa wines that showcase the very best of the region.

As a single site wine, our Eden Valley Chardonnay will always show typicity of the vineyard, whilst varying with what each season brings. We are on a constant learning journey adapting to what the season brings.

Our Eden Valley vineyard lies just south of the small township of Craneford, at an elevation of 420m. The soil and climate varies quite considerably to that of the Barossa Valley floor. It is generally wetter and cooler in the Eden Valley with skeletal soils. Aspect also varies significantly, with rolling hills and valleys providing much site variation. The Craneford vineyard is tended to by our own viticulturists, Peter Wild and Conrad Pohlinger, who ensure utmost care is taken in every step of the vine cycle.

Winemakers Comments

Ample winter rainfall and a mild spring allowed for a great start to the season, with a decent canopy developing which provided adequate protection for, and capacity to, ripen the fruit. As the season progressed, short frequent irrigations ensured the lean soils retained enough moisture. The ripening seasoned allowed for steady ripening along with the retention of acidity that is so crucial to Chardonnay. The fruit was crushed and pressed off skins immediately on arrival to the winery. The juice was cold settled, before being racked, with a portion of the lighter fluffier solids taken across with the clear juice, before being separated into two stainless steel fermenters. Each fermenter was then inoculated with a different yeast. Once fermenting the two parcels were then transferred into a combination of new and used French oak. Partial malolactic fermentation, coupled with regular battonage, helped build the delicious creamy texture in this wine. - Jules Ashmead and Brock Harrison

Style Elegant, driven, focused
Colour Pale straw
Aroma Delicate florals, stonefruit and citrus with hints of cashew and almond meal
Palate Lift of orange blossom with a note of crème brulee tucked in there also. Complex palate with creamy limey notes and a lovely subtle toasty note on the finish balanced with lively acidity.
Maturation Fermented in French oak, sur lie and batonnage for 8 months
Drink Drink now or cellar confidently for 5+ years
Alcohol/Volume 13.1%

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