Lothian of Elgin Chardonnay Vineyard Selection 2020
Fruit for the Lothian Vineyards Chardonnay was sourced from three blocks of Chardonnay each hand harvested at optimal ripeness. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, with a period of skin contact. Fermentation was started in stainless steel with ambient yeast and then the fermenting juice was racked into a selection of French barrique, followed by a period of battonage to bolster the wine's mid-palate. Ten months of barrel maturation on the fine lees fleshed out the wine and added richness. Prior to bottling the wine was lightly filtered to preserve its integrity. The resulting wine is pale-yellow in colour with gentle oak spices, nutmeg and orange pieces. There is plenty to the palate with a crisp, clean acidity, rich and gentle in texture yet delicate with plenty of orange, and apricot slices and yellow apple on the finish.