Region: Hunter Valley
Background: The ‘Terracotta’ wines get their name from the soils on which the fruit is grown. These red basalt/clay soils are renowned for their low fertility thus reducing the yield of the vine and increasing fruit concentration.
Fruit source: The ‘Roche Estate’ Dam Block is the Chardonnay source for the inaugural release of the ‘Terracotta’ Chardonnay.
Fermentation: Handpicked fruit was whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in French oak hogsheads that were one and two years old.
Maturation: After 10 months maturation and no malolactic fermentation allowed, we bottled in February 2016 under screwcap.
Winemaker’s comments: Our Chardonnays are usually sourced off the sandy river bed loam soils of the Lower Hunter region. This is the first ‘Individual Vineyard’ Chardonnay we have purposely made from the lower yielding red clay/basalt soil. 2015 whilst not perfect ripening conditions, has still produced great fruit off well kept old-vine vineyards.
Tasting note: A bright mid-straw in colour; there are aromas of stone-fruit, nuts and spice. The palate is refined and features nectarine and peach fruit flavours. Oak is very secondary and in harmony with the fruit. Clean zesty acid completes the package.
Cellaring estimate: Medium term. 5—10 years.
Suggested food match: Fresh seafood. Ocean Trout and Salmon.