2009 Ngeringa ChardonnayChardonnay from Australia
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Mike Bennie, the Wine Front 'A lot of ferrous ironstone in the clay soils that the chardonnay grows on - very red clay and sandstone - with pockets of buckshot and high silica...
- 90 Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
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90 Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
"Golden colour, big, bold aromas but not of the buttery, toasty kind - there’s a flint-mineral edge and touch of struck match coupled with just a lick of aroma lifting VA. Theme of candlewax/beeswax, into the body of the wine too - holding in the leaner, bright fruit characters in a cuddly embrace. Feels careless in shape and size but it’s an attractive 'light-and-space' that I see, and the underbelly of bright, natural acidity gives quartz-like minerality to the flavour profile. It's generous without being too obvious, and rich not flabby, an exciting proposition. Very interesting, good drinking wine. Individual." Reviewed April 2012, Drink:2012-2018+
90 Huon Hooke - www.huonhooke.com
"Medium yellow colour. Very appealing mealy, cashew nutty, and faintly malty aromas; creaminess of malolactic is evident. Quite full flavour, soft and savoury, mellow and rich, very dry finishing and has decent length. Good acidity and firm finish with a touch of grip, but in balance. A trace of alcohol warmth. Drink by 2016. "May 2012
Mike Bennie, the Wine Front
'A lot of ferrous ironstone in the clay soils that the chardonnay grows on - very red clay and sandstone - with pockets of buckshot and high silica content', says Ngeringa's Erinn Klein. Settled overnight, oxidative handled, whole bunch pressed, spontaneous ferment, full malo, average barrel age is 5 to 6 years old with 15% new oak, or so, dash of sulphur just before bottling. "We consistently see a dry, mineral character in the wine, it's certainly not tropical, we see more savoury here, seeing full bodied but not being into the 80s chardonnay way".
Ngeringa is a boutique certified biodynamic vineyard and winery specialising in classic, fine wines that are full of vitality and born of tradition.
Our vineyards are located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, South Australia, a region reputed for producing some of Australia’s most elegant cool climate wines.
Winemaker, Erinn Klein and co-founder, Janet Klein create Ngeringa wines in soil that has been nurtured with great care. Originally part of the world-renowned Jurlique herb farm, this land has been certified biodynamic for more than 20 years. Ngeringa is one of Australia’s original biodynamic winegrowing pioneers.
The fruit for NGERINGA Chardonnay comes from our east-facing Summit vineyard at 380m above sea level on a soil of sandy loam over clay. The top of the vineyard has views over Lake Alexandrina and the mouth of the Murray, which make themselves known on summer evenings with a strong cooling breeze despite daytime temperatures. The vines are planted at a density of 6800 vines/ha.
Picked at 12° Baume. All natural acidity. Whole-bunch pressed. 100% malolactic fermentation. No battonage. Matured for 12 months in 20% new French oak, 20% in concrete egg and the rest in older French barriques and puncheons. Wild fermentation, no enzymes, oxidative handling pre-fermentation, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled. Small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
90 - Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
90 - Huon Hooke - www.huonhooke.com
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