Polperro Talland Hill Chardonnay 2018
Talland Hill – Altitude: 170m above sea level Coordinates: 38*35’16’’ south, 145* 0’45’ East Average rainfall: 700mm Cropping: 1.5 tons/acre Clone: P58 (2.0 acre) Trellising system: VSP and cane pruned Planted : 1992 Vineyard orientation: Majority of vineyard planted on a north facing slope with north facing orientation. Chardonnay planted on a south west facing slope with vineyard rows orientating the same way.
The Talland Hill vineyard is the warmest and most sheltered of our three single vineyards, it is also the of our first single vineyards to be picked each year. This site produces intense and mineral driven Chardonnay.
The fruit is handpicked in two picks across front block and villa block, the fruit is then whole bunch pressed on the same day using a gentle champagne press cycle. No enzymes or sulphur are used at the press tray and the juice is oxidatively handled to get rid of oxidative enzymes early on in the winemaking process. The wine is left at ambient and transferred to barrel with full solids and minimal sulfur is added. Fermentation occurs using wild yeast and is then left unsulfured to the following summer at which time most of the wine has completed full malo-lactic fermentation. A minimal amount of sulfur is added in the spring and left in barrel for a total of 12 months where it is racked off gross lees and into tank .The resulting wine is bottled using no finings and minimal filtration.
VITICULTURE – We grow, make and farm our vineyards using a philosophy of sustainability and regenerative agriculture, applying a mix of biological, bio-dynamic and organic practices.
CERTIFICATION – Certified Organic and Bio-dynamic, with NAASA.
Aromas of citrus & stone-fruits, cheesecloth, baked chestnuts, a core fruit of citrus, peach, textured finishing with a wet pebble like minerality.
It’s a characterful Chardonnay though you get the feeling that it’s still sorting itself out. Hay and toast, swede cedar and grilled peach flavours strut boldly through the palate before fennel-like characters sweep through the finish. Texture plays a key role, as do honeysuckle notes, as does a certain tautness to the finish. It’s a Watch this Space for now but it’s quality is crystal. 94 Points – The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson
Green fruits with hints of wet stone. Powerful mid-palate of orchard fruits with supple acid lines. It’s a sleeper wine, doesn’t leap out but lots going on and layers. Unfurls slowly but surely in the glass. 94 POINTS – The Real Review
Case of 6