Montalto Single Vineyard 'The Eleven' Chardonnay 2022
Quartz color with green hues, with a core of tangy citrus fruit including lemons, limes and grapefruit. Add to this a fusion of ginger, white florals, white peach, wet river stone, hazelnut praline and brioche aromas. There is subtle oak influence with hints of struck match and chalky minerality finishing with a creamy mouthfeel from both oak handling and lees work. An in indulgent yet refined wine of crystalline precision.
Simon Black, Chief Winemaker
Whole bunch pressing is utilised. No SO2 is added until bottling, consequently there is
oxidative juice handling throughout the vinification period. A considered amount of
solids is maintained in the ferment. After whole bunch pressing, the juice is transferred
to French oak barriques (28.6% new). Following wild fermentation, natural malolactic
fermentation brings the natural acidity into balance and the wine is then left to mature
on lees, which are stirred when appropriate following appraisal. The wine is aged for
11 months in oak prior to blending and bottling.