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'Great wines are made on the vine, and when the variety, aspect and soil type are right, Australia ’s wine regions deliver elegant, textured and fruit- driven wines that hold their own with the best in the world .” Sam Coverdale established Even Keel in 2006 with a vision to create drinkable , elegant wines that celebrate the individual strengths of Australia’s wine regions. Since 2009 , he has specialised in premium, single -vineyard wines from the Mornington Peninsula , under the Polperro label, using a mix of organic and biodynamic viticulture principles.
This wine is a blend of the following vineyards; Bassat vineyard , situated on an Easterly facing slope at 190m above sea level , in Red Hill. Mill Hill vineyard , situated on a Northerly facing slope at 270m above sea level, in Red Hill. The fruit is hand picked between three batches and whole bunched pressed using a gentle champagne press cycle. No enzymes or sulphur are used at the press tray and the juice is oxidatively handled to get rid of oxidative enzymes early on in the wine making process. The wine is left at ambient temperature and transferred to barrel with full solids and minimal sulphur is added.
Fermentation occurs using wild yeast and is then left unsulfured until spring. Full malo -lactic fermentation occurs then a minimal amount of sulphur is added and the wine left in barrel for a total of 12 months where it is racked off gross lees and into tank . Bentonite is used to heat stabalise the wine, other than that the wine is bottled with full solids and minimal filtration.
The wine has vibrant notes of fresh peach and lemon curd on the nose. This Chardonnay shows a natural acidity as you would expect from a cool climate. The full malolactic fermentation adds a smooth and creamy texture which soften the wine. This leads into a subtle and balanced pallet of spices and nuts, finishing with a refreshing minerality.
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Grape: Chardonnay 100%
Suitable for Vegans: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes