Vintage 2011 was characterized by a hot, dry summer with very little rainfall. These conditions led to our 2011 Chloe being picked two weeks earlier than average. Fortunately Woodlands Chardonnay is produced solely from Mendoza clone vines. This clone tends to produce very small berries with high levels of acidity. In years such as 2004, 2007, and 2011, we have found that despite the warm conditions our Chardonnay still retains its excellent freshness.
Our “Chloe” is produced from a two-acre plot located at the north-east corner of the Woodlands Vineyard. The plot lies at the top of a south facing slope, and the soil is comprised of deep loam topsoil over clay. This plot is the most shaded location on our vineyard- protected on the west, north and east with marri and peppermint trees.
The fruit for our 2011 Chloe was hand picked on the 21st of February before being sorted in the vineyard. Once at the winery the fruit passed over our new vibrating sorting table, removing all remaining stems and leaves from the fruit.
Once the fruit was pressed and settled for 7 days, the clear juice was transferred into French barrels, of which one third were new. Fermentation proceeded quickly and cleanly. Following fermentation the wine remained in barrel, with the lees stirred once every month. This wine was bottled in January 2012 after 11 months in barrel.
The colour of our 2011 Chloe is an intense pale straw. The nose shows toasted cashew, oatmeal and cracked straw combined with white stone fruits. Tightly structured, the palate of this wine shows a nice mixture of powerful stone fruit characters underpinned by great natural acidity.
This wine is bottled in Stelvin and will be best enjoyed from 2013 to 2021.