Salo Chardonnay

Salo Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016

Yarra Valley, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14%

Gourmet Traveller Winemaker Of The Year - 2016

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 2016 Salo Chardonnay is another beautiful cool-climate Chardonnay with crisp acidity, pristine fruit flavours and impeccable structure.

"94 Points. Grown at Gladysdale in the Yarra Valley. Aged in 500 litre puncheons. No new oak. Total make of 260 dozen. It’s bound and tight at first but as it breathes it really blossoms. This is a lovely chardonnay. Indeed the volume of fruit is impressive, a wealth of white peach and grapefruit flavour coming nuanced with meal and mineral. I put this wine aside a few times and every time I returned the palate seemed to have extended out further. Notes of hazelnut and indeed fennel eventually come forward; what impresses mostly though is the wine’s gorgeous purity. Tasted: Aug17 Alcohol: 13% Price: $40 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2017 - 2022" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

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$39.90
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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
14
Our Chardonnay was grown by Simon Harte at the high altitude, Full Moon Vineyard in Gladysdale, Yarra Valley. Simon farms the red basalt clay soils with the utmost care. He tends his Chardonnay vines like his own personal garden and has got amazing results for us.

The 2016 vintage certainly tested him. It was fast and furious.

Ideal growing conditions in Spring 2015 meant that canopies were dark green and full of energy. Flowering was the earliest on record in early November, so we had an inkling we were in for an early one - generally speaking harvest is about 100 days after flowering.

As usual, we were watching the acidity very closely and with the warmer than average summer nights - even the high altitude of the Gladysdale Hills - we decided to jump in on the 22nd February to pick.

This is the earliest we have ever harvested for this site.

Thankfully, yields were naturally very good - at 2.6 tonnes/acre, which helped balance things out.

The flavours were a lovely version of melon and white stonefruit , with a good crisp acidity.

It was just a really beautiful growing year.

That’s the hard bit done, the winemaking was very simple…

Fruit was sorted in the vineyard, then whole bunch pressed to 500 Litre french puncheons, wild yeast fermentation, no Malo.

The large oak vessels we use are all second, third and fourth use, so they have been “tempered”.

We find that using larger, older vessels suit Yarra Chardonnay, as we don’t want the purity of the fruit flavours encumbered by any oak character.

After 10 months of natural settling, Salo was racked to tank for a short chill in December.

Bottled on the 18th January, 2017.

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