Cumulus Chardonnay 2011
Medium to dark straw with vibrant green hints. Melon and figs with creamy brioche and hazelnut oak. Tight refined style showing excellent balance between melon and white stonefruit flavours, creamy nutty oak and finishing with crisp and moreish fruit acidity.
Cooler than average seasonal temperatures resulted in a longer growing and ripening period, leading to higher than normal natural acidity and classic cool climate flavours. Following gentle whole bunch pressing the majority of free-run juice was barrel fermented in a combination of new and aged French oak barriques.
Cumulus Chardonnay 2012
Bright golden with green edges. Fresh citrus lemon and lemon peel aromas with a hint of creaminess and nuttiness. Well integrated oak, hints of yeasty, nutty complexity and a creamy softy textured palate.
Following gentle whole bunch pressing, high levels of juice solids were retained, to achieve palate weight and complexity. The blend was barrel fermented in new and aged French oak barrels. 75% was fermented using natural indigenous yeasts.
Cumulus Chardonnay 2013
Bright golden with green edges. Citrus and white stone fruit with a hint of creaminess. Elegant and tightly structured. Subtle integrated oak characters, hints of yeasty complexity. A creamy softly textured palate derived from yeast lees stirring in barrel.
Small parcels of fruit hand picked over 2 days. A high level of juice solids was retained in the juice to acheive palate weight and complexity. Fermented in french oak barrels. The wine was held in the bottle for 10 months pre-release.
Cumulus Chardonnay 2014
Elegant and tightly structured, showing hints of citrus & white nectarine. Subtle integrated oak characters from the barrel fermentation & maturation on yeast lees. A creamy softly textured palate & hints of yeasty complexity, derived from yeast lees stirring during barrel maturation
A difficult start to the season with late frost & then warm & dry conditions in November & December. The weather combined with low crop levels made for a very early start to the harvest in 2014. Despite some rain events during the vintage period, the Cumulus team were able to selectively harvest different varieties at optimal ripeness. Due to the early start, varieties were generally harvested earlier than normal – but with generous fruit flavours & well balanced natural acidity levels.