The Great Escape Chardonnay, Eden Valley, 2013
The Great Escape is our benchmark, cool climate Chardonnay produced from fruit grown in elevated vineyard sites which allow for a long ripening period which helps to maintain the natural sugar and acid balance of the grape. With moderate alcohol, focussed, crisp citrus fruit and a mouthwatering finish, this is an accomplished, truly modern style of this noble variety.
Cool conditions and below average yields (shiraz down by 25% and Cabernet Sauvignon by as much as 40%) led to great varietal expression in whites and reds - with reds
exuding brilliant colour. Overall, the quality of reds was exceptional. Harvest was up to a month early, with most whites picked by late February and early red varieties starting to come
off in early February.
As with all of our wines, the winemaking process is a gentle one with the intention of preserving the natural flavours of the wine while at the same time building layers of texture.
Fruit is picked in the cool of the early morning and goes directly to press where the free run juice is run off to tank to settle. We retain a relatively high level of solids in the ferment - half of which is done in tank with regular movement of lees and half is done in used French hogsheads with regular "battonage" of the lees to build flavour and texture.
We do not encourage malolactic as we want to preserve the crisp, citrus fruit profile.