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Sailor Seeks Horse 'One Monkey' Chardonnay
Losing their fruit to bushfires in 2019, Gilli and Paul Lipscombe of Sailor Seeks Horse drew on the kindness of friends to release a wine. One Monkey refers to a refrain in a Gillian Welch song that we used to sing our daughter to sleep with. She sings, “One monkey don’t stop the show” and for us it’s about surmounting the difficulties life throws at you.
Chardonnay fruit sourced from Ghost Rock (23%), Tolpuddle (30%) and Clover Hill (47%) with two Burgundy clones (95 and 76). Whole-bunch pressed to a mixture of barriques, hogsheads and a puncheon with a small amount of new oak. Barrel-fermented with some parts going through malolactic fermentation. The wine was then sulphured and left on full lees for a year. Bottled filtered, but unfined. 3300 bottles produced.
’There is a delicacy and fine acid line to this wine that makes it tight and poised. It isn’t a Chardonnay for the more traditional ‘sunshine in a glass’ lovers.’ Paul Lipscombe, Sailor Seeks Horse.
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