2012 Steels Gate Chardonnay released with new fresh label design

steels gate chardonnay 2012

The Wine Front – Gary Walsh
RATING 93 Points

Vineyard: Steels Gate Vineyard, Chardonnay block. Situated at 230m above sea level, planted in the early 1980’s on a steep, north-east facing slope on friable grey loam soils. Completely unirrigated.

Winemaking: 100% handpicked on 09 March 2012. De-stemmed and pressed, with overnight juice settling. Fermented and matured in a mixture of seasoned French oak barriques of varying ages. 25% of the blend was allowed to undergo full malolactic fermentation to give creaminess and textural richness. Matured on full ferment lees with monthly lees stirring for 9 months. Bottled 05 March 2013.

Tasting notes: An ideal growing season in the Yarra Valley. The 2012 Chardonnay displays the same breed as the previous two vintages – lots of citrus, fig, and nectarine on the nose, and complex mealy, nutty, creamy notes from barrel fermentation, lees stirring, and malolactic fermentation. The palate is still very restrained, long, fine, and piercing, but with an added layer of texture, generosity, and complexity compared with previous years.

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