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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
26.09.2006

% Alcohol
13.5%

Residual Sugar
3.3g/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 2006

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

The 2006 season was extremely dry with little or no rain during fruit set and growing season. Consistently mild weather leading up to harvest encouraged optimal ripening. Weather conditions during harvest were perfect, making for a smooth vintage. Grape berries were quite small and since yields were down, flavour was concentrated and quality enhanced.

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 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 on the 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.

Awards
  • SILVER
    2007 Limestone Coast Wine Show – class 9
  • BRONZE
    2006 Limestone Coast Wine Show - class 4
  • BRONZE
    2006 Southern NSW Wine Show – class 1