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Trinity Hill
Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay

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Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay

Gimblett Gravels
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100% Chardonnay (70% clone Mendoza and 30% clone 15)

The moderate summer and long, warm autumn was perfect forwhite wine making, with excellent retention of fruit characters and acidity. Carefully selected hand picked fruit is gently whole-bunch pressed to encourage low phenolic pickup and elegance. Only the highest quality free-run juice is selected. This helps to improve the texture and aging ability of the wine. 100% of the juice was fermented and aged in 30% new, 60% one year old and 10% in older French oak barriques. 35% malo-lactic fermentation was used to soften the grape acidity and to complement the Chardonnay character. Lees aging and regular stirring was used to increase complexity and mouth feel. The wine was blended after 11 months in barrel and bottled in March 2009.

Tasting Note
The characters typical of our Gimblett Gravels vineyards such as pineapple, grapefruit, fig and pear are evident. Mealy, biscuity barrel ferment and integrated oak characters add complexity. The wine displays the desirable character of elegance with power. This is a powerful wine, but it also shows softness and great balance. The wine shows excellent aging ability.

Serving Suggestion
Excellent choice to accompany salmon en croute and rich, creamy poultry, pastas or risottos. Great pair for medium paste, strong flavoured cheese.

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