Chardonnay Gamlitz STK 2015

Winery Weingut Hannes Sabathi

Region Steiermark, Austria

Grapes Chardonnay 100%
ProfileThis is a textbook flavor profile of Chardonnay. Just ripe yellow apple, pear, white peach, tangerine notes wrap around a mineral driven core. The wine is quite lean, with a nice touch of creaminess from a bit of lees stirring. No new oak flavors.
Grape Growing"There was a feeling, that the 2015 vintage would be a special one... and it was. Working with nature makes it hard to have a plan, but 2015 was a year in which nearly everything went according to plan. The year started with a very typical wet winter that brought enough water reserves into spring. The weather was very stable with only a little well distributed rainfall. The flowering in early June went exceptionally well. The hot summer was a reason of concern in other areas, but in southern Styria we were just fine. Due to less rainfall than usual, the berries were smaller, with much more intense aromas and a denser concentration. The harvest went under ideal conditions concerning to maturity of the grapes and time. As always, we farm without the use of chemicals, herbicides, or pesticides." - Hannes & Karen
WinemakingGrapes were hand-harvested. The grapes underwent a 20 hour maceration prior to ferment. Fermentation took place with the use of native yeasts in 50% old 1500L barrels and 50% stainless steel. The wine was then matured in neutral barrels on their full lees without sulfur addition for 10 months. The wine was then racked, sulfured, and matured on its fine lees for 2 more months before being bottled.
More About the WineChardonnay is known as Morillon in this part of Austria, a synonym it also has in Switzerland. The Gamlitz Chardonnay is equivalent to a village level wine in Burgundy or an Ortswein in German VDP classification.

Wine Data

Alc13.2

PH3.77

TA5.8 g/L

RS1.5 g/L

Sulfur154ppm, 50ppm free

Soillimestone and gravel

Altitude400m

Vineyard Age20 years

Production Size5004 bottles

PairingOysters, Scallops, Mussels, White Fish, Cauliflower Steaks, White Asparagus, Chicken Breast, Linguine with Clams, Hamachi Crudo, Albacore Tuna Sashimi, Shrimp Scampi Cuisines: Japanese, Coastal, French, American, Scandinavian

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