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Journey' End Haystack Chardonnay 2017

Clear and bright straw coloured with a hint of green. Oak and fruit are perfectly matched, each donating without dominating: citrus peel and melon enriched by a subtle, savoury biscuit overlay. The limy acidity seamed through the fruit flavours gives food-friendly freshness and promises a few years’ ageing potential.

Grapes were handpicked early morning and come from 4 different blocks. Grapes were picked on 22 to 24°B. After grapes were hand sorted and destemmed it was only lightly pressed to ensure good quality juice for fermentation.  Juice settled for 72 hours with a settling enzyme before it was racked. Different yeasts were used to enhance the flavour profile of the wine.  Fermentation took about 18 days at 16 – 22 ˚C.  After fermentation a 3rd of the volume were oak matured in 300 L second fill French oak barrels, 3rd for 6 months on staves and a 3rd were left un-wooded. After oak maturation components were blended together, fined and bottled.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 14 %
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/l
pH: 3.55
Residual Sugar: 3.1 g/l

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