Down The Rabbit Hole 2022 Joy & Bliss Chardonnay
This wine is our joy and bliss. There's a drop of happiness in every sip. A creamy mouthful with hints of passionfruit and honeydew, followed by a crisp finish with long lasting flavour.
As with all our labels, this pencil sketched illustration represents a line of our poem - and this one is "Another world of Joy & Bliss". For us, nothing represents this more than the joy of the journey, wherever it may lead. It's what wine is for us, and it's what life is for us.
We are incredibly happy with this Chardonnay - it's our idea of perfect. Crisp and vibrant, with just enough oak to give it that silky finish. We are confident this will be a crowd pleaser, and will be exactly what you're after when the light turns golden at the end of the day.
The 2022 ripening season preceded with our average rainfall for the first time in at least 3 vintages. Not only did McLaren Vale experience a wet winter, but also a luscious spring and significantly cooler summer. This created magnificent ripening conditions from the fruit set and flowering through version and final ripening. Yields were back up compared with the previous few vintages. While vintage was long and drawn out, it created a relaxed picking environment and superb balance of natural acidity, texture and tannin in the resulting wines.
The fruit was crushed and destemmed straight into the press. The juice fermented slowly at 12-14 degrees in stainless steel for 24 days. Underwent partial malolactic fermentation in 20% of the barrels, followed by a further nine months to mature. Filtered prior to bottling.
COLOUR Pale straw
BOUQUET Attractive, lifted bouquet of passionfruit and honeydew and some zesty citrus notes
PALATE Flavoursome, fresh and lively. A creamy mouthfeel with a crisp green apple finish.
AGE OF VINES: 21 years
VARIETES: Chardonnay 100%
REGION: McLaren Vale 100%
OAK TREATMENT: 20% new French oak (8 months), 80% tank
ANALYSIS: Alc 12.5% | pH: 3.26 | TA: 5.8g/L | GF: 0.66g/L