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Stefano Lubiana 'Collina' Chardonnay
“Loose-knit on entry, then the oak to mineral seams stretch the stone fruit to white fig flavours across the palate on one hand, while corralling them into a creamy core of oatmeal, nougat and nutty nourishment on the other. This builds glass after glass, with the mineral quotient becoming more and more intense, the flavours more expansive. A top-barrel selection from the hillside block.” 95 points, Ned Goodwin
“The 2017 Collina Chardonnay is our sixth release. A selection of the best barrels ended with production of just 51 dozen bottles. It is not made in years that are less than exceptional (these are becoming less frequent), or when the Collina robs the Estate Chardonnay of quality, something we won’t stand for.
Winemaking is simple, straightforward, almost a secondary notion. Vineyard attention to detail paramount. Grapes are handpicked in the cool of the day to arrive at the winery 200m away in perfect condition. Here they’re hand sorted and whole bunch-pressed to tank. Hard pressings go to brandy production on site. Sometimes a small amount of sulphur is added prior to decanting to barrel for natural fermentation. The wine ferments in the underground cellar at 16-22˚C, usually with no cooling, depending on the yeast strain we get that year. After ferment we inoculate for malolactic conversion, otherwise it never happens with the low pH and cold cellar we have. Malolactic conversion is an important part of our style and we are lucky we can still do it without ever needing to add acid.
We make our Chardonnay like the wines we like to drink; we don’t follow trends such as early picking. We like Chardonnay with delicacy, good natural acid drive, nice evident mid-palate weight, good length, a whiff of gun smoke and not too much fresh “Chardonnay” character. More minerality than fruit.” Steve & Monique Lubiana
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