Coates 'The Chardonnay' 2022
The Chardonnay is a single vineyard Adelaide Hills wine that sees a shorter maturation time in barrel (11 months), and lower percentage of new oak than The Reserve. The fruit is taken in two hand picks to get a zesty note and taut acidity with the later picked grapes adding mid palate weight and depth. With two vintages in Burgundy, Duane’s winemaking is traditional French in outlook.
Our winemaking style is traditional with a gentle bag press of the grapes to yield the softest fruit characters. The Chardonnay was hand picked and gently pressed then the juice rested in tank to cold settle. The juice was natural yeast fermented with fine solids in new (30%) and second/third use (70%) barriques from the Dargaud & Jaegle, Saury and Nadalie cooperages then aged on lees. Malo was allowed to proceed, and the wine was matured with minimal battonage. Dwane Coates MW
The 2022 is decidedly delicious being slightly more generous than previous vintages. TC
Variety - Chardonnay
Country - Australia
Region - South Australia
Sub Region - Adelaide Hills
Extra - Screwcap
Year - 2022
Volume - 750ml
Duane Coates has a long held passion for Australian and overseas wines.
He expanded his winemaking training with vintages in Burgundy with Chateau Demessey, the Rhone Valley with Domaine Francois Villard and the Douro Valley with the Fladgate Partnership (Taylor’s).
Exposure to European wines and winemaking has given Duane a broad perspective on techniques and wines styles. He was recently named one of Australia's newest Masters of Wine.