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2016 Kevin John Magnum
Another great season for our vineyards and our 1976 Chardonnay vines produced some incredible fruit.
Very low yields of 2.16 tonne/hectare. This is a wine of great purity and vitality. The Chardonnay grapes were as usual hand harvested from 40 year old vines. They were then whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in barriques. It underwent natural malolactic fermentation prior to receiving 10 months of oak maturation.
2016 Vintage report
We were happy to have the 2016 harvest. It followed three vintages of tiny yields which left us with very little wine to sell!
The vintage had average yields and the rain that fell in January 80mm, and then February 15mm, and March 10 mm, had no effect at all on the fruit quality. The resultant wines have a wonderful aromatic quality and elegance, particularly in Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Great vintage for Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and in the reds Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Colour: Brilliant pale gold.
Bouquet: Perfumed with notes of nectarine, white flowers and citrus which are enhanced by the barrel ageing.
Palate: Multilayered and already complex, combining white peach, nectarine and some creamy notes. Wonderfully balanced by the savoury minerality.
Cellar: Drink now if you cannot resist or cellar with confidence for at least 10 years.
Food: Grilled Crayfish with dill beurre blanc.
Vineyard: 100% Cullen Vineyard.
Varieties: 100% Chardonnay.
Harvest Dates: 27rd and 28th of January, 6th and 7th of February – Fruit days.
Oak: 100% for 10 months in French oak of which 31% was new.