The Great Escape Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2014
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.
Poor weather at fruit set followed by extremely hot conditions in January 2014 meant this was a challlenging harvest with very low yields throughout the Adelaide Hills. Problems were compounded by heavy rains in February but if you survived all of this, the small crop produced delicious wines with good concentration of flavour and natural balance.
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.