Mulcra Estate Windmill Chardonnay 2002 Reserve
The hand picked bunches were loaded by hand into a Vintek tank press where gentle whole bunch pressing took place, so as to achieve the best possible juice quality. Long cold settling of the juice was performed in stainless steel, followed by separation from the solids, at which point cold fermentation (at between 12° & 15°C) was started. At approximately 7°Ba the fermenting juice was transferred to French Oak Hogsheads where the fermentation was completed, followed by extended maturation on lees for approximately 8 months.
The resulting wine shows ripe fruit on the aroma, which is nicely integrated with subtle oak and complex French Oak ferment characters. The palate is full flavoured with very good acid balance and shows a long and satisfying finish.
Alcohol Volume 14.5%
Standard Drinks 8.6
Mulcra Estate Windmill Petit Verdot 2002 Reserve
The grapes were hand picked late in the season to allow full colour and flavour development. Fermentation, followed by some extended skin contact, was carried out in small open top fermenters with hand plunging. After pressing, the fermentation was completed in French Barriques followed by 12 months further maturation.
The resulting wine shows a deep cherry red colour, with good depth of fruit, subtle French Oak and barrel aged complexity.
Alcohol Volume 14.9%
Standard Drinks 8.8
Chardonnay has taken the lead for first class white wine grapes. Although some argue that the Riesling grape produces the finest white wines, it is Chardonnay that is being extensively planted throughout the world. In addition to being highly prized, Chardonnay is easy to grow and quite versatile. The grapes are high in extract and, unless picked late, have good acid levels. The wide range of growing soils, as well as the winemaker’s influence, produces a diverse spectrum of Chardonnay wines with varying characteristics.
The flavours can be described as buttery, creamy, nutty, smokey, and steely. Popular fruit descriptors include appley, lemon, melon, and pineapple. Chardonnay’s origins are difficult to determine, but as with many popular wines, it’s reputation was established in France. Chardonnay is also an important grape in the Champagne district of France. What used to be known as ‘Australian Champagne’ is now known as Sparkling White Wine. To make this style of wine, the Chardonnay grapes are picked before being fully ripe. They then still have a high acid content and understated fruit flavours – the perfect combination for Australian Sparkling White Wine.
Chardonnay has seen a tremendous planting surge in Australia. As this grape’s popularity grows, new vineyards of Chardonnay are being planted throughout the world in Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, and other parts of France. Chardonnay is also called Beaunois, Gamay Blanc, Melon d’Arbos, and Pinot Chardonnay. It is sometimes mistakingly referred to as Pinot Blanc, which is a different variety.
The history of Petit Verdot is an interesting one. Petit Verdot is a cousin of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The grape has been linked to the Balisca vine that came from Albania via the Greeks during the height of their civilization. In the 16th and the first part of the 17th century, Petit Verdot produced a wine called “Cargaison” that provided a hearty drink for ships crews headed on extended voyages at sea.
Petit Verdot is a high-quality red wine grape grown mainly in France’s Bordeaux region. Petit Verdot grapes produces full-bodied, extremely deep coloured wines with peppery, spicy flavour characteristics, and high tannins and alcohol. It has been traditionally been used to add flavour, colour, and tannins to the Bordeaux blend. Originally planted in the lower lying marshy areas of Bordeaux, the Petit Verdot grape is known for it’s small berries, thick skins and a tendancy to ripen late.
Recently, there has been a planting revival by some of the more quality conscious producers. Small amounts of Petit Verdot are planted in Chile, California and Australia. In Australia, Petit Verdot is being highly sought as a varietal on it’s own by those wine consumers who love their red wine and are looking for a new wine experience. Petit Verdot is also referred to as Carmelin, Petit Verdau, and Verdot Rouge.