2020 Legacy Series Fruit Day Kevin John Chardonnay
The 2020 Legacy Series Kevin John Chardonnay was the last pre-covid vintage.
Harvested on a fruit day, the 3rd February 2020, the fruit was whole bunch basket pressed and fermented in a 675 litre concrete egg before ageing in a new puncheon for 6 months. Another special batch of artisanal wine chosen from the 2020 vintage.
2020 vintage was defined by dry conditions from the onset of budburst through to harvest in 2020.
A lower than average rainfall in 2019, and hot dry weather conditions in January, February and March made for almost drought conditions for harvest 2020.
Bunch numbers were about average, but low berry weights due to the dry conditions produced very low yields and wines which were balanced and pretty in nature. The harvest was unaffected by Covid 19 lockdowns as we had finished harvest and most of the fermentations had also finished, we just had the pressing of the red wines. Chardonnay yields were still affected by the previous year’s frost.
Wines of excellent balance and fruit purity, a vintage similar to 2003 in style.
Best varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
VINEYARD : 100% Cullen Vineyard
VARIETIES: 100% Chardonnay
HARVEST: 3rd February, Fruit Day
OAK: 100% in a new puncheon for 6 months
Colour: Light goldenCellar: Enjoy now or for up to 20 yearsBouquet: Enlivened citrus, honeysuckle, ginger, dried pear, grapefruit.Food: Prawns, Tasmanian ocean trout, crayfish.Palate: Long, soft and silky with beautiful texture balance and drive. Such a divine thing - wrapping itself around your palate and asking you to have another taste and savour the beauty of the old vine chardonnay harvested and made in this special way. The energy of this wine makes it such a wine to put away for at least 10 years before enjoying. Quite remarkable