Salo Chardonnay 2018

Salo Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

Yarra Valley, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13%
Salo is the project of Dave Mackintosh and Steve Flamsteed; a couple of Australia's most highly credentialed winemakers. Flamsteed is currently head winemaker at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley and was the recent recipient of Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine's 'Winemaker of The Year' in recognition for his considerable industry contribution.

The 2018 Salo Chardonnay is the sixth release of the Chardonnay, made from 18 year old vines from the Full Moon Block in Upper Yarra. Through excellent vineyard management and a thankfully warm and dry February, Steve and Dave were were left with quality fruit from the 2018 vintage. The result is another beautiful cool-climate, Yarra Valley Chardonnay with crisp acidity, pristine fruit flavours and impeccable structure.

Review of the 2017 vintage included below;

"96 Points. From the Full Moon Vineyard in Yarra Valley. The co-project of Steve Flamsteed and Dave Mackintosh. A little extra flex in this wine, some distinct personality, despite the hands-off winemaking. Let to do its thing on lees, bottled from the big, older barrels the wine settles into over its pre-bottling life. The red clay soil site at higher-than-usual-Yarra altitude is likely also playing a part in the distinct gras and funk, mineral charm and piercing acidity going on in this wine. Killer. Bold, savoury style of chardonnay, loads going on, wilder-edged, chalky pucker, spiked with dried apple, saltiness, flint and smoke. Has big volume of perfume too, more of the ripe and dried apple plus that delicious, savoury nuttiness. Superb wine here. Rolls with so much personality, charismatic, texture, energy. Otherworldly. Love it hard. Watch it fly. Tasted: MAR18 Alcohol: 13% Price: $40 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2025" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.

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Salo is the project of Dave Mackintosh and Steve Flamsteed; a couple of Australia's most highly credentialed winemakers. Flamsteed is currently head winemaker at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley and was the recent recipient of Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine's 'Winemaker of The Year' in recognition for his considerable industry contribution.
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Victoria
Yarra Valley
750
13
THE FULL MOON VINEYARD: Over the last 6 years we have made Salo from a single block of Chardonnay grown on the deep red volcanic soils in the upper Yarra, farmed by Simon Harte.

These vines are now 18 years of age and each year, they seem to deliver a little more elegance and concentration into our wine. There is something about Yarra vineyards settling into a balance and maturity as they approach the end of their 2nd decade..

THE SEASON: 2018 was a pretty crazy season…

We had a solid flowering in Spring, a cool October then a very warm November and this weather with a successful bloom, means lots of flowers turn into lots of berries ..and lots of bunches.

A series of tropical storms sucked down from northern Australia in December delivered 200mm rain before Christmas, so there was a massive push of energy into the vine canopies - we had the most magnificent dark green leaves and lots of growth.

There were a few heat spikes in January, but because we had such lovely big canopies and lots of bunches to choose from we made the decision to thin out any small green bunches or bunches in the wrong place.

February was dry, warm and just a constant succession of 30 deg days and cool nights, so we saw a very active ripening across the block.

Harvest came on quickly and the flavours were amazing - very much pear and melon more than the 2017 citrus, but acids were surprisingly crisp.

It comes back to really good vine “balance” and the energy delivered with this amazing season.

THE WINE

Fruit was hand-picked on the 3rd March, chilled in the cold room overnight and then whole bunch pressed to a tank high in the winery.

The small tank is then rummaged and run by gravity down to 500 L (1 new one, the rest older) Puncheons with full juice solids.

Wild fermentation finished in mid-April and a few of the puncheons then went through a spontaneous malo, which has added a lovely creaminess and length to the mouthfeel.

It’s quite a different vintage (and wine) to the 2017. There is a lovely freshness and energy to this wine – really delicious as a new release, but we think with good cellaring this wine will develop some lovely complexity over the next 5 -10 years.

Cases made: 245

Release date 1st August, 2019

Alc: 13%

pH: 3.23

TA: 6.7

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