Cool Climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Bended Knee Vineyard

Chardonnay

Bended Knee Vineyard Chardonnay

Our Chardonnay is de-stemmed, pressed and barrel-fermented, with close attention being paid to managing the temperature of the fermentation. Only French oak is used, with a mix of coopers (Sirugue, Dargaud et Jaegle, and Seguin Moreau). The Chardonnay has prolonged lees contact, lees stirring and some malo-lactic fermentation to add to the complexity of the wines. As an example of how good the 2005 season was, the following figures demonstrate the maturity of the fruit at picking: Bé 12.5 / pH 3.3 / TA 7.7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews:

 

2005 Bended Knee Chardonnay

“Finely chiseled and shaped; barrel fermentation not too heavy, partial MLF spot on; light bodied in quasi Chablis style. Screwcap 13.6% Alc Rating 91 drink to 2012”

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008.

 

2004 Bended Knee Chardonnay

“Fine, elegant grapefruit and melon run through a long palate augmented by barrel fermentation and partial MLF, the impact perfectly judged. Diam 12% Alc

Rating 90 drink to 2012.”

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008.

 

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