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Closure
Stelvin

Colour
Bright straw colour, with hints of lime green

Bouquet
Fresh figs and melon, with vibrant lemon citrus fruit. The nose also shows some yeast complexity from extended lees contact

Palate
Fresh tangy melon fruit flavours, & a clean acid finish

Grape Variety
100% Chardonnay

Growing Region
100% Padthaway

Date Bottled
15.08.2008

% Alcohol
13.5%

Residual Sugar
1.3g/L

Acidity
6.0g/L

pH
3.31

Maturation
100% fermented and matured in stainless steel, this receives some lees contact to add texture and complexity to the palate, but essentially this wine is pure Chardonnay fruit.

 

Mt. Monster Chardonnay 2008

Tasting Notes

Bright straw colour, with hints of lime green. Fresh figs and melon, with vibrant lemon citrus fruit. The nose also shows some yeast complexity from extended lees contact. Fresh tangy melon fruit flavours, & a clean acid finish. Although it may benefit from up to 2 years maturation in bottle, this wine is best consumed when young and fresh.

Winemaking Report

Gentle pressing and free run juices create the base of this wine. Traditionally Mt Monster Chardonnay is 100% fermented and matured in stainless steel, this receives some lees contact to add texture and complexity to the palate, but essentially this wine is pure Chardonnay fruit.

Vintage Conditions

It started out full bore with the usual warm February weather. All our grape varieties started to ripen at the same time making it one of our most compact vintages to date. Vine-balance was carefully monitored, resulting in fruit that demonstrate the vibrancy and fruit-derived characters that we strive for in our wines.

Our sole objective is to produce the best wines possible from our unique vineyard site. Planted on own rootstock and located in the Padthaway valley which is comprised of rich Terra Rosa soils our estate vineyard benefits from excellent sun exposure producing grapes of optimum flavour, colour and tannin/acid development. The warm summer days are moderated each evening by coastal winds that cool the vines and result in a longer ripening period. This extended period allows for the grape tannins and seed to fully ripen prior to being harvested, thus creating wines that are rich and supple onthe palate.

Our pursuit of great wine can also be seen in the meticulous management of our vineyard. We strive for low crop yields and small grape bunches of intense flavour, and whilst we employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help us achieve vine balance and reduced vigour, we harvest when the fruit reaches full flavour development.


Reviews
  • 2008 Mt Monster Chardonnay
    Score: 87 Points
    Review by: Jay Miller , Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #186
    The 2008 Chardonnay offers an attractive nose of apple, citrus and pear. Crisp on the palate, this balanced Chardonnay is best enjoyed over the next 2 years.