Casa Freschi Ragazzi Chardonnay 2018


Australia, SA, Adelaide Hills
750mL
#White  #Chardonnay  #Casa Freschi  #South Australia  #Adelaide Hills  

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"100% single vineyard located amongst the highest (560m-580m altitude), steepest and coolest slopes near Mt Lofty in the Adelaide Hills.The high annual rainfall of 42 inches (1050mm) allows the vineyard to be dry grown. The vines are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides. 

The fruit was collected in 8kg crates, whole bunch pressed and the juice transferred directly by gravity into a subterranean cellar where wild yeast fermentation took place. Each barrique representing an individual pressing of the 10 plantings of different clones/rootstocks/slopes/vine age, allowing them to be assessed up to the end of maturation. 100% of the wine was barrel fermented in seasoned French oak barriques and aged on its yeast lees for 14 months, 60% underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was fermented to dryness and allowed to clarify and stabilize naturally without fining before being racked, blended, filtered and bottled."


- Casa Freschi Ragazzi


 

Wine Makers comments:

The 2018 vintage, although small in yield, is one of our best to date and produced chardonnay with impressive depth and extract. This year’s blend has a slightly higher percentage of the chardonnay musque clone than usual (33%) giving a lifted, floral, dried herb and honey accent to the apple, lime, nectarine and white peach characters contributed by the mix of burgundy clones (63%) and mendoza (4%). The palate is crisp and minerally, but with layers of fresh fruit flavour and an underlying mealy/nutty complexity from its 12 months of wild yeast fermentation, 66% mlf and 14 months of lees ageing in used French barriques.