PEPPER TREE WINES LIMITED RELEASE 'FOUR CLONES' CHARDONNAY (2018)
Our Orange Chardonnay show classic cool climate fruit characters of white flowers and peach, integrated with barrel ferment complexity. A crisp and elegant style with lovely nectarine-like acidity. A wine to be enjoyed now or will benefit short term cellaring. (Head Winemaker, Gwyn Olsen)
Orange, New South Wales
Our Orange vineyard experienced sustained drought conditions along with some unseasonably hot days around vintage 2018. We were lucky to start the season with a full dam and our subsurface bore maintained good flow rates throughout the season. Very good red wines were made particularly from Shiraz and Pinot Noir although Cabernet and Merlot were also picked in very good condition. Rosé from Pinot Noir has excellent flavour and delicacy. All four clones of Chardonnay produced good flavours and structures.
The Orange region of New South Wales is one of Australia's newest premium regions being favoured for its high altitude cool climate. Situated approximately 270 km west of Sydney the topography and soils of the Orange region are dominated by the extinct volcano Mt Canobolas. The present day peak of the mountain is at 1400m and vineyards in the region are planted at elevations as high as 1100m with the lowest elevations in the region being 600m. Soils in the central part of the region are derived from the basaltic lavas of the old volcano, and primarily consist of deep red to brown free draining clay loams.
The targeted blocks were hand harvested when ready and then whole bunch pressed to tank. The resulting juice was settled clear overnight before being racked to French oak puncheons. Following ferment the resulting wines were left for 10 months in oak before being blended and prepared for bottling.