Forest Hill Highbury Fields Chardonnay
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Forest Hill is a family-owned vineyard and winery. Their dry-grown vineyards produce wines that are a true reflection of their unique site in the cool climate Mount Barker region of the Great Southern. Expressing the regional and varietal characters, the Forest Hill wines display elegance, purity, texture and persistence.
Forest Hill Highbury Fields Chardonnay is harvested in the cool hours of the night and morning. Crushed and pressed with solids (via tank for short settling) to French oak barrels (~5% new), and a 2500L oak cask. Long, primarily wild fermentation with mostly cool temperatures in oak. Some minor stirring of the wine on lees begins post primary fermentation with partial malo-lactic fermentation before being racked of yeast lees, and filtered before bottling in December.
Bright straw with green hues. Aromas of white stonefruit, citrus peel with some nutty complexity. Generous palate with more stonefruit flavours. Textured with elegant natural acidity to finish.
Highbury Fields vines planted 2003 and Block 9 planted 1985. Gin Gin dominant but includes parcels of the Burgundian Clones 76, 95 and 96. ~240m altitude.
Growing Area & Soils
Forest Hill, Mount Barker in the Great Southern. Gravel, loams over clay.
Dry Grown, Minimal inputs. Row orientation is North-South
6th to 14th March 2019
pH: 3.15, TA: 7.31 g/L, Alcohol: 13%