Chardonnay Select 2014

983
Alcohol: 13,5 % Vol.
Acid: 5,4 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,7 g/l

Vintage:

A year of extremes is how 2014 will be remembered in the history books.The early bud break in March was followed by a cold period in April, but all had balanced out with the flowering phase that occurred, as usual, in June. Spring and early Summer were rather dry. However, during August, there were already early Autumn conditions, which included an ample amount of rainfall. With that came a lot of dampness in late August and September. This, combined with somewhat high temperatures, spawned problems with rot – which ultimately meant that success could be achieved only through harvesting at exactly the right time as well as the highly meticulous sorting of grapes. The total harvest amounts shrank significantly – and this was no less the case for the Nussberg, which even endured a massive hailstorm in May.Nevertheless, the results were surprisingly of high quality, thanks to the selective harvesting; the low yields delivered good concentration and, thanks to the cool August days, remarkable aromatics.

Soil:

The grapes for the Chardonnay Select 2014 were almost solely from Vienna’s Bisamberg vineyards, though some came from a small single vineyard on the Nussberg. All of the vineyards are between 25 and 40 years old. The soils of the Bisamberg are comprised of light, sandy loess over solid limestone, and the Nussberg features primarily weathered shell limestone, also over solid limestone.

Vineyards and Cellar:

Following careful hand selection of the grapes - along with the meticulous removal of Botrytis-affected grapes – in mid-October, the healthy grapes were de-stemmed and, after three hours of maceration, underwent pneumatic pressing. Fermentation was carried out in wood – 65% in large oak casks and 35% in barriques (of which 25% was new oak). Malolactic fermentation was then carried out and the stirring of the lees (battonage) took place in a 14-day rhythm. After a year of barrel maturation, the wines from the two vineyards were blended together and then bottled in September 2015.

Tasting Notes:

The wine begins its expression in the nose with scents of stone fruits underscored by nougat and a bit of papaya and orange zest. The palate yields a soft and velvety caramel tone, a fine acidity structure; the wine is round, harmonious and elegant – already very approachable. A multi-talented companion for a diverse range of foods. Good ageing potential.