Pirramimma White Label Chardonnay is your classic bigger Chardonnay. By combining the bolder fruit from Mclaren Vale and the elegance of Adelaide Hills, Pirramimma has crafted a wine that is rich and full with that creamy, oaky flavour that we all love. Drink this Pirramimma over the next couple of years.
Pirramimma White Label Chardonnay 2017, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Pirramimma is family owned and run. It is still on the same property founded in 1892. Pimmamimma farms 300 acres of vines on the hillsides in the classic part of McLaren Vale. They have 13 varieties and 40 blocks to choose from. Pirramimma has adopted organic and biodynamic practices. In addition, they installed a solar energy system to further their sustainable practices. The wines from
Pirramimma White Label Chardonnay 2017 Winery Notes
“The moderate summer and temperate autumn were ideal for producing quality Chardonnay fruit. We selected fruit from our Homestead and Johnston Road blocks, plus fourth generation growers on McMurtrie Road and Badgers Road near Kuitpo in the Adelaide Hills. The cool climate Adelaide Hills Fruit complemented the richer McLaren Vale component. Each vineyard was picked at differing Baume levels to guarantee a spectrum of flavours.
A portion of each vineyard was barrel fermented in new Tonnellerie Quintessence French Oak, using 7 different yeast strains, including Wild Yeast.”
This is a big and varied region. Basically, it stretches from the top of the McLaren Vale all the way to the bottom of the Barossa. This means there is a big scope for climatic conditions. In the central part, where its altitude is quite high, you can get some of the best sites in the world for Sparkling wine. In the slightly warmer parts of the centre, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme, with Riesling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc worthy of honourable mentions.
The maritime climate and sandy soils of McLaren Vale make it a great place for growing grapes. Reds, in particular, excel here. Shiraz, of course, but the Spanish varieties Grenache and Tempranillo seem well suited too. The maritime climate helps mitigate some of the heat from the SA summers, and the sandy soils mean that phylloxera could not survive and so they have some of the oldest vines in the world.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to, and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring, as can malolactic fermentation.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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