We love the way this versatile variety works in the Flat Rock Cellars vineyards. Our Chardonnay grapes are from two Burgundy clones planted using two different rootstocks. Cool climate Chardonnays like these produce elegant whites with weight and power, without “overblown” butter and oak notes.
The Rusty Shed Reserve Chardonnay is fully barrel fermented, lees aged and stirred, and will undergo anywhere from 50% to 100% malolactic fermentation, depending on the composition of the grapes at harvest. The complex mix of melon and fleshy fruit, spicy oak notes, creamy mouth-feel and balanced acidity make this an exciting Chardonnay. Made to improve with age, The Rusty Shed is the embodiment of our passion for premium, layered, elegant Chardonnays.
Even when barely noticeable, oak ageing creates extra layers of complexity. Our Estate Chardonnay is a blend of tank and barrel fermented wines that may also be aged on the lees in tank and/or in barrel. Some of this wine will be put through malolactic fermentation to lower the natural acidity and provide a creamier mouth feel. The resulting blend is a fruit forward Chardonnay highlighting tropical fruits and natural acidity – a complex and layered Estate Chardonnay of exceptional value.
The most important aspect of Riesling is getting it right in the vineyard. It needs to be carefully nurtured and harvested at just the right time. Too early, and the wine will have too high acidity without the required flavour development. Too late and the natural acidity will degrade and the wine will be flabby and lifeless.
Nadja’s Vineyard Reserve Riesling is a small block located to the left as you drive in to the winery. Cooler than the rest of the vineyard by an average of 2.5oC it’s also subjected to the prevailing escarpment winds. A good thing, because this allows the Riesling to keep relatively free of disease and hang longer on the vine. Flavours develop at a slower pace and the grapes retain a higher level of acidity. Nadja’s Vineyard is for people who are serious about Riesling.
Our Estate Riesling showcases classic Riesling fruit and acidity in a fruit forward, easy drinking style. It’s mouth filling while still refreshing and offers terrific flexibility for food and wine pairing.
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