2014 Chardonnay

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Vintage 2014 has produced a rich lemon curd and citrus blossom Chardonnay

Tasting Note

The Balnaves Coonawarra Vineyard was established in 1975, and is situated at the southern end of the Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. The family, which has been associated with the district since 1855, remains fully committed to a high level of ‘hands-on’ involvement.

Vintage 2014 has produced rich lemon curd and citrus blossom Chardonnay fruit, which was handpicked from Avery and Old blocks on the 4th and 13th of March with baumes 12.1 – 12.3. Whole bunch pressed juice was barrel fermented on solids in new (31%) and seasoned Louis Latour, Mercurey and Sirugue barriques, with 40% of the ferments being wild and the balance AWRI 1375 yeast. Lees contact for eleven months preceded bottling in March 2015. 33 barriques were produced from the 2014 vintage.

Technical Information

VINTAGE:2014
HARVESTED:4th and 13th of March
VARIETY:Chardonnay
ALC/VOL:13.0%
TOTAL ACID:6.11 mg/L
pH:6.11 mg/L
CELLARING:2 – 4 years

Reviews

“Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild and cultured yeast, fermented on solids in French barriques (31%), matured for 11 months. Everything has been done to make this standout chardonnay in Coonawarra, and indeed it’s a very smart wine by any standards. The balance of fruit flavours (stone fruit/citrus), and the integration of oak (the mouthfeel) are impeccable, but its X-factor comes with its length. To 2024”

Author: James Halliday
Publication: Wine Companion 2017
Date: August 2016
Rating: 95 points
  • 2013

    Vintage 2013 has produced rich lemon curd and citrus blossom Chardonnay fruit, which was handpicked early on February 20 and 21 with baumes of 12.2-12.3. Whole bunch pressed juice was barrel fermented on solids in new (24%) and seasoned Lois Latour and Seguin Moreau Chagny barriques, with 40% of the ferments being wild and the balance AWRI 1375 yeast. Lees contact for eleven months preceded bottling in March 2014. Drink or Hold

  • 2012

    Vintage 2012 has produced rich lemon curd Chardonnay fruit, which was handpicked, historically early, on the 20th-21st February with baumes 11.9-12.6. Whole bunch pressed juice was barrel fermented on solids in new (31%) and one year old Louis Latour and Seguin Moreau Chagny barriques, with 31% of the ferments being Torulaspora Delbrueckii and the balance AWRI 1375 yeast. Lees contact for eleven months preceded bottling in March 2013. Drink or Hold. Dec 2016

  • 2011

    Vintage 2011 has produced very fine, bright lemon zesty Chardonnay fruit which was handpicked on the 15th March with a baumé 11.6. Whole bunch pressed juice was barrel fermented on solids in new (47%) and one year old Louis Latour and Seguin Moreau Chagny barriques, with 35% of the ferments conducted with wild yeast and the balance with AWRI 1375 yeast. Lees contact for eleven months preceded bottling in March 2012. 17 barriques of Chardonnay were produced from 2011 vintage.

    Very intense and fresh with zesty lemon citrus fruit and chalky/linen complexity. Drink or Hold. Dec 2016

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  • Thanks so much to the very talented Marsha Wajer for your book reading, drawing demonstration & super fun & colourful ‘Blue Feet’ exhibition. It’s not too late to  check out her beautiful work. Open until 5pm today.
  • We are in love with the Blue Footed Boobys currently on exhibition in the Cellar Door. We love how they celebrate their Saturday nights! 🍸

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarraartsfestival #bluefootedboobys
  • There are positives about cold winter nights. 🍷🔥👍 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #redwine #fire #cosy #friyay #winning #thetally #cabernet #weekend
  • SPOTTED: The Blue-Footed Booby! These are birds from the Galapagos Islands…with blue feet…who dance! These rare little cuties can be found at our Cellar Door throughout the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival starting today! This exhibition is a celebration, full of fun and colour. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarrartsfestival2018 #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby
  • We still have a few spaces left for our book reading and drawing demonstration on Saturday & Sunday. Call 08 8737 2946 or click on the link in our bio️ ☝️ for details. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarraartsfestival #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby #book reading #drawingdemonstration
  • Happy Mothers Day to our beautiful Mums. Hope you're enjoying a cheeky glass of your favourite wine - you deserve it! 🌹

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #mothersday #cheekred
  • Cheers to rotting grapes and not Brussels Sprouts! 🍷🍇 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #friyay #weekend #grapes
  • Only 1 week until the Penola/Coonawarra Arts Festival is here! Don't forget to book for our 'Blue Feet' Children's book reading and drawing demonstration for Saturday or Sunday. Ph: 08 8737 2946 or visit our website for bookings. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #pcartsfestival2018
  • The ghost mushroom season is upon us. Read on below all about this glow in the dark fungus. They even offer night tours! A fun thing to do if you are in the Mt Gambier region. 
Repost @southaustralia
・・・
No need to adjust your screens… These glow-in-the-dark shrooms are the real deal, as @andrew__burston know all too well! The 2018 #GhostMushroom season officially kicked off this week at #GhostMushroomLane in Glencoe, just 16km from #MountGambier! These spooky little night lights typically emerge after late autumn rains, emitting a luminescent glow after dark – the result of a chemical reaction between fungal enzymes and oxygen. There’s no shortage of them either – this is the largest site of its type in #Australia, with tens of thousands of freaky funghi appearing from May-June. Take the 2.3km free self-drive forest trail and you’ll find Mother Nature’s army of green lanterns growing from old tree stumps, the decaying remnants of the annual pine harvest. ForestrySA are also offering guided tours on Fri/Sat/Sun nights, giving those keen to learn more about these eerie emblems of the darkness a chance to get up close and personal. A small display will also be on hand at the @tourism_mount_gambier Visitor Centre from next week, operating Tue/Wed/Thu throughout May. For the full lowdown on everything that glows! #SeeSouthAustralia 👽🍄 [📍Location: a 40 minute flight (or 5hr drive) from Melbourne, or a 1hr flight (4.5hr drive) to Mount Gambier from
  • Autumn Days. ❤️ Just add a picnic and wine. 🍷🍂 #balnavesofcoonawarra #cellardoor #familyfriendly #picincbox #winebytheglass #coonawarra
  • It’s a Shiraz kind of Friday night. Cheers! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #balnaves #coonawarra #friyay #weekend
  • Mother's Day is only a week away. Need some inspiration? Why not buy her a bottle or 2 of her favourite wine or join her up to our new wine club? 
Click on the link in our bio to start shopping 👆

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #mothersday #wine #shedeservesit

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