Tuck’s Ridge Vineyard Selection
2011 Turramurra Chardonnay

This was a challenging vintage in all respects! After ample winter rains, the same patterns continued into spring but with the added difficulty of warm temperatures and several warm, still and very humid nights. This combination is perfect for downy mildew and many in South Eastern Australia were hit hard. Fortunately in the Mornington Peninsula, many of our standard intensive viticutural practices are the perfect defense against this pathogen, so most survived. Late in December some were then hit by powdery mildew and it was clear to all that the third major menace, botrytis would be a risk late in the season. In spite of all of this, the mild steady ripening suggested brilliant quality was possible. The rain, however, just kept happening, inflating berries and thus making the reds look a little pale compared to other years. The natural acids are excellent and thus the wines are bright and have lovely length. This is definitely a vintage of not judging a book by its cover!

The fruit was hand picked and loaded as whole bunches directly into the press, where the juice was gently pressed from the berries.  The cold juice was settled for 3 days prior to racking the clean juice, which was then warmed, inoculated and put into barrel (all French, a third new) to ferment.  The wine was then matured for 8 months before being blended, clarified, finished and sterile filtered prior to bottling in January 20011.


Potent Citrus nose of lemon and grapefruit lifted by gentle oak spice, fresh juicy nectarine on the palate leads to a powerful and focused finish; the length of this wine is monumental. With more heat and sun in this lower Peninsula vineyard along with a rocky sandy soil combination this could be mistaken for a quality Chablis. Aging potential is spectacular as this wine will take years before any of the fruit characteristics drop off.

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