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2013
Courabyra
Chardonnay

Background

Courabyra sits at an altitude closing in on 800 meters above sea level and whilst it cant claim to be the highest vineyard in Tumbraumba it is never the less very high. The vineyard is at the top of a valley resulting in sinking cold air rushing through it at night and importantly warm rising air form the bottom of the valley in the morning. The warm air allows the vineyard to ripen quickly during the short days and minimises the metabolism of acids during the evening.
The vineyard was planted in 1981, making it one of the oldest vineyards in Tumbarumba. The Clone is the Penfolds clone and is grown on decomposed granite soils at an average yield of 4 tonnes per hectare.  This site produces Chardonnay with very high natural acidity and very small berries.

Winemaking

Hand picked, whole bunch pressed direct to stainless steel without settling and fining. Fermented on full solids and allowed to go through 100% Malo. Matured in stainless steel for 15 months on gross lees and stirred on a  fortnightly basis. Racked with a polish filter and bottled.



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