2022 Clonale Chardonnay

2022
Clonale Chardonnay

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Tasting Profile

January 2023

The 2023 Clonale opens with pure fruit aromatics of grapefruit, citrus blossom and white stone fruit flesh that transcend to notes of fresh cream and almond and a hint of flinty reduction in the background providing complexity and intrigue.

The palate is fresh and vibrant with a concentrated core of fruit. Creamy textural elements from barrel fermentation are woven seamlessly into the fruit, and the bright line of acidity provides length and a chalky finish.

13.0%

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Reviews

The Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2023

Jane Faulkner

Clonale is ever-reliable as a go-to wine as it rarely disappoints. Everything pitched well from the stone fruit and citrus flavours to the light touch of oak and spice with a gentle lick of lees and tangy acidity. Savoury, flinty and more than a little moreish.

92 points

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The Vintage

The cold and windy 2021 Winter saw approximately 185 mm of rainfall throughout June, July, and August, slightly below average. Windy conditions continued throughout Spring, with approximately 310 mm of rainfall throughout the period, well above average. This rainfall ensured soils were fully replenished leading into Summer. Cold soils and windy conditions affected flowering in early November, with many of the earlier ripening vineyards in the region experiencing a poor fruit set, thus dramatically reducing yields. The later flowering vineyards benefited from more favourable weather conditions in late November. Summer conditions were ideal, with mild to warm days broken sporadically by favourable rainfall, almost 75 mm in January, ensuring vines had adequate water leading to and through veraison, mid to late January. Ideal conditions throughout February meant ripening was slow and steady. Harvest commenced in early March. The weather remained mild throughout, and harvest progressed at an even pace. While yields were significantly lower than average, fruit quality was excellent with intense flavour concentration and refined acidity.
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The Vineyard

The 2019 Kooyong Clonale is a blend of Chardonnay from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards. The fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (of which 7% were new), where fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts. Following fermentation, the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for nine months. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

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