2011 Nepenthe Ithaca Chardonnay

2011 Nepenthe Ithaca Chardonnay
Item No. 205704-1
4.1 out of 5 Customer Rating
Paying homage to our home, the beautiful Adelaide Hills. This Ithaca Chardonnay displays powerful and complex characteristics of white nectarines and citrus blossoms complemented by aromatic nutty oaks which flows through to the palate.
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Bottle (750ml) Limited Offer
$35.00
Paying homage to our home, the beautiful Adelaide Hills. This Ithaca Chardonnay displays powerful and complex characteristics of white nectarines and citrus blossoms complemented by aromatic nutty oaks which flows through to the palate.
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Medium Bodied

Medium Bodied

Premium Parcel

Premium Parcel

Overview

Vintage 2011 will be remembered for challenging growing conditions yet ideal ripening conditions for cool climate grapes. Budburst was early in 2010, as early as August in some vineyards. Rainfall tracked above average in both winter and spring for the first time in years which led to excellent canopy growth and bunch development. The ripening period was then dry, with mild temperatures and importantly cool nights. These ideal conditions resulted in early flavour development which allowed us to harvest the fruit at optimal ripeness with excellent natural acid. It also allowed for the development of powerful varietal flavours across all varieties.

Fruit for the 2010 Ithaca Chardonnay was sourced from the two vineyard blocks on our original estate vineyard at Lenswood as well as a vineyard near Echunga in the Southern Adelaide Hills. Fruit is hand picked in the early hours following sunrise and rapidly transported to the winery. It is then pressed very gently with the juice allowed to settle before racking to the barrel. The wine is entirely fermented in French oak barrels at 15 – 25 degrees with approximately 30% new barrels. The wine is aged for 9 months on yeast lees in its original barrel, with regular stirring. Malolactic fermentation is not encouraged. Every barrel is then tasted and classified; those chosen are racked to tank, bentonite fined and clarified. The finished, racked blend may be further lightly fined to improve palate harmony.
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Varietal
Chardonnay
Region
Adelaide Hills, SA
Country
Australia
Cellaring
Cellaring 4-6 years, with age the wine will continue to soften building in body, texture and complexity.
Alcohol Volume
12.5%
Vintage
2011

Tasting Notes

Aroma

The nose is powerful and complex with pure fruit characters of white nectarine and lemon blossom complemented by complex secondary aromatics of nutty oak.

Palate

Generous palate weight. Flavours of white nectarine and are complemented by more secondary characters of oak and lees. Exceptional length and good natural acidity

Food Pairing

Chicken

Chicken

Pork

Pork

Fish

Fish

Hard Cheese

Hard Cheese

Shellfish

Shellfish