2014 Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay Magnum
- A luxurious match with kingfish ceviche
- Ideal drinking until 2025
- Ideal serving temperature: 10-12°C
- Produced using sustainable practices
- Suitable for vegans
What to Expect
A fine boned Chardonnay that reflects the conditions of the vintage and the character of this unique vineyard site.
The 2014 is typified by good concentration of flavour as a result of the season's lower yields.
Growing and Making
Sourced exclusively from Shaw + Smith's picturesque Lenswood property. Planted in 1999, the vineyard has east and west facing aspects and reaches 500 meters above sea level. The soil is brown loam over clay with some broken shale and stone on the ridges.
100% Hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured on lees in 500L French oak puncheons (30% new) for 9 months.
2014 was not without its challenges, with small crops due to some unsettled weather during flowering. In mid-February a string of half a dozen hot days ended with a significant amount of rain over 24 hours. The following four weeks of dry, mild, and sunny weather from late February was just what the vines needed, and the results are very exciting.
Since purchasing the vineyard in 2012, significant investments have been made to further enhance the site. It had always shown potential for a single site wine and in 2014 a small amount was selected for our first 'Lenswood Vineyard' Chardonnay.