NIMBOSTRATUS CHARDONNAY 2017

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NIMBOSTRATUS CHARDONNAY 2017

48.00

MODERN, FLAVOURSOME, AGE WORTHY, REFINED

*NEW RELEASE* Continuing our commitment to bottle-age prior to release, we are delighted to finally launch the 2017 vintage. For those familiar with the 2016, this wine is cut from the same cloth, but is finer and a little more primary - although it will of course intensify over the next few years. After a tricky season, the handpicked fruit was whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented. Then it was matured on lees for 9 months in French oak puncheons & barriques (25% new); with no stirring or malolactic. The 2017 is a true reflection of the Whitlands region: a finely tuned, all natural acid core, seamless oak & true cold climate flavour intensity. Lees derived texture fleshes out the palate. We think it’s pretty delicious!

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THE BACK STORY

It all started one night when Dom and I were catching up over tacos. I suggested that I could perhaps convince my father to allocate some chardonnay fruit to a project wine. We'd made chardonnay in the past - beautiful wines with good bones - but for the last decade the fruit had been allocated to another buyer. With the 2016 season looking similar to the ethereal 2005, the timing was impeccable: Dom was looking for new projects and I needed a winemaker experienced with new world chardonnay. We set out to make a wine that would put Whitlands on the map - and here we are.''

The 2016 received 92 points at the Chardonnnay Challenge and the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, and was rated 97 points by the buyers at McPhees and 93 points on the Wine Front.

THE NAME

Clouds are generally classified by how high they sit, and what shape they are. The name Nimbostratus derives from 'nimbus' = rain and 'stratus' = spread out; they are low lying, rainy clouds that stretch out over the plateau. Clever weather scientists have developed short form symbols, which is where this image originates. 

Mostly forming in temperate zones, these clouds obscure the sun and result in gloomy, grey, rainy days. In Whitlands, this type of cloud is said to 'settle in' - a definite precursor to a multiple cups of tea and 'So You Think You Can Dance' re-runs (Dom's favourite). 

THE LABEL - BY NICK BARCLAY

We knew of Nick's work & loved the way he was able to make complicated things look simple through clever design. With the Nimbostratus symbol (borrowed from the Bureau of Meteorology) at the core, the watercolour - perhaps accidentally - just seemed so 'Whitlands'. Big, wide dark clouds that stretch over the horizon. See Nick's other incredible work.