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Sorrenberg Chardonnay 2017

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I have been very lucky to see a variety of vintages of Sorrenberg chardonnay over past months, only confirming I think it is at the top of the pile for consistently excellent, personality-laden chardonnay. It’s a more powerful release, fuller in depth of oak, lees-derived complexity and mineral-esque impact. I loved it. Certified biodynamic farming of course is Sorrenberg’s baseline.

Ample in perfume and flavour, yet shows control and authority – a striking chardonnay of weight and presence. There’s sumptuous aromas of stone fruit, flint, nougat-and-spice oak, ripe citrus. The palate is almost firm with layered fruit, acid and well-meshed oak – a push of concentrated gently sweet fruit flavour, spice, slate-like mineral character and chewy-cedary-spice stains the palate gently. While there’s impact here, there’s also smoothness, evolution in the glass as the wine opens. So satisfying, complex and just darn wonderful to drink. 96 Pts - Mike Bennie

Winery Note:

Our Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented in french oak with 25-30% of this being new oak. To add complexity to the wine all of it goes through natural yeast fermentation, as well all of it goes through complete malo-lactic fermentation. This wine received extended lees contact for ten months with weekly stirring. Then a further eight months barrel maturation. The longer time in barrel restricts this wines openness for a few months so be patient. Minimal handling and filtration ensures maximum flavour is retained.

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Sorrenberg Vineyard was established in 1984. It is a 3 hectare vineyard at an elevation of 560 meters. Although the vineyard is granitic it does have the advantage of being on the border where the granite meets the red mudstone, giving the soil greater water holding capacity and the wine structure. The finesse and elegance of Sorrenberg wines can be attributed to the fact that it is one of the highest vineyards on granite soil in the Beechworth region. The varieties grown are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Rhino block named after Barry’s grandfathers vineyard was established in 2005 by Sorrenberg vineyard at an elevation of 595 meters. This is a dry grown block on granite soils. Varieties planted are Chardonnay and Gamay. Both Sorrenberg vineyard and Rhino are certified biodynamic. - Winery Note

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine White Chardonnay

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