2019 'Jeannette' Reserve Chardonnay

2019 'Jeannette' Reserve Chardonnay

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DESCRIPTION

Beautiful and clear, Jeannette is a modern take on the classic, cool climate chardonnays produced in France, with a nod to the great chardonnays of Meursault and Montrachet. The limestone rich sandy-loam alkaline soils of our ultra-cool climate estate vineyard are very closely aligned with the terroir of the Côte de Beaune.

HERITAGE

Jeannette is named after our mother/wife whose favourite white variety is, and always will be, Chardonnay.

TERROIR

The de Beaurepaire family’s estate is in the valley above Rylstone in the Central Ranges (GI) of NSW. The vineyard is located on an ancient coral reef located just off the shore of Gondwana (450MYO) which formed a band of limestone (Coomber Formation) running north/south that appears in valleys where the younger Rylstone volcanic rock has been eroded away. 55 hectares of vines were planted in 1998. The vineyard is 150km inland and 580-650m altitude with a North-East aspect. Soil structure is shallow (<1m) sandy-loam mixed with limestone; the temperature range is as cool as Tasmania and Central Otago through the growing season; and the climate is inland/continental (large day/night variation) creating a terroir similar to Burgundy (the home of the de Beaurepaire family for nearly 1,000 years). The temperature range is very similar to Burgundy – during the growing season (October-April), our low/high/average of 11.9 / 21.7 / 16.9 degrees Celsius vs Beaune (Burgundy) low/high/average of 11.9 / 23.3 /17.6 degrees Celsius.

VINEYARD

Chardonnay Sourced from C Block with an average vine age of 19 years at the time of harvest. The soils are very shallow (down to 30cm in spots), predominantly free-flowing sand with a little clay over limestone bedrock moderately sloping down to the Cudgegong River.

Harvest (yield): Individually selected parcels of Chardonnay were handpicked on 15 March 2019 with a Baume of 14. Yield was approximately 6t/ha (~43 hl/ha)

Vintage Conditions: 2019 started as the driest vintage on record for our vineyard with reduced production in early ripening varieties and sparkling base (chardonnay and pinot noir). Torrential rain at the start of March slowed down the baumé (sugar) accumulation/ripening enabling the phenolic (flavour) ripeness to catch up before harvest.

VINIFICATION

100% whole berry pressed over five hours, fermented using native (wild) yeast and 15% malolactic fermentation (MLF). AGING Final maturation for 8 months was 40% in new French (Seguin Moreau) oak hogsheads and 60% in 1 to 3-yearold hogsheads sourced from Burgundy. All barrels were finely grained and medium toasted. For six of the eight months, the barrels were stirred with full lees contact.

TASTING NOTES

Lovely pure and clear in colour, dry and mouth-watering acidity. Elegant aromas of fresh citrus, and a hint of roasted almonds. Fine palate with lemon pith and minerality supported by French oak. Will mellow to ripe pear and honey with age. Overall, a classic chardonnay in keeping with the family’s Burgundian origins

VIN ET GASTRONOMIE

Our vineyard resides on an ancient coral reef off the coast of Gondwana (450MYO) with limestone soils accentuating Chardonnay’s perfect match with all kinds of shellfish (especially oysters but also scallops and lobster). Simply cooked shellfish dishes such as spaghetti alla vongole, moules marinieres or with anchovies. Alternatively, think pawns in garlic butter, fish pies or stews with creamy sauces. Roast chicken is also a classic pairing. Vegetarian terrines, asparagus with hollandaise and smooth vegetable-based soups for the herbivore. Jeannette can also be nice paired with many cheeses, including blue cheese. WINE TIPS Cellaring Potential: 15 to 20 years Serving Temperature: 12 degrees C / 54 degrees