Barratt Uley Chardonnay ‘Ulley’ Vineyard 2021


After three seasons of low crop levels, Mother Nature smiled on us in 2021

providing not only more bunches but fruit of exceptional quality. Grapes were

hand harvested from 38 year old vines on our Uley vineyard at the northern

end of the Piccadilly Valley on March 15 and 16. Baumé at harvest 12.6 degrees,

pH 3.20, titratable acid 9.0 g/litre.

After overnight cooling, the grapes were lightly whole bunch pressed with the

juice transferred to tank for settling over 4 days. Clear juice and a measured

amount of solids (grape lees) were then transferred to French oak barriques,

27% of which were new. After a few days of natural warming, spontaneous

fermentation by indigenous yeasts commenced and continued throughout

the whole of the ferment period. Since 2021 was a vintage yielding high

grape natural acid levels, malolactic fermentation was induced in 100% of

barrels to “soften” the acidity of the wine. Matured in oak for 11 months

before stabilisation and filtration.

Bottled 28 March 2022. Alcohol 13.0%.

Aromas of stone and citrus fruit, honeysuckle, cashews and subtle

toasty oak are followed by a rich and creamy palate finishing with a

crisp, balanced, citrus freshness.

While delightful drinking as a young

wine, quality and a long track record should ensure that this wine will

continue to develop and improve over a number of years.

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Region: Australia, Piccadilly Valley   South Australia  

Categories: White, Chardonnay

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