Chain of Ponds ‘First Lady’ Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (6x750mL)

Description:

Selected from three premium vineyards, two from the northern hills and the other from Kuitpo to the south. The first northern vineyard has a north/south row orientation with a very gentle south-easterly facing slope. The second has an east/west row orientation with a moderate easterly facing slope. Both produce distinctly different characters in the wine. The southern Adelaide Hills vineyard has an east/west orientation with a moderate slope to the north-east giving wine with a touch more tropical fruit than the wine from the other vineyards. All vineyards are planted to the F4V6 clone and managed with a strict VSP canopy and targeted at

good fruit zone protection from the sun to avoid excessive tropical characters in the wine

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Selected from three premium vineyards, two from the northern hills and the other from Kuitpo to the south. The first northern vineyard has a north/south row orientation with a very gentle south-easterly facing slope. The second has an east/west row orientation with a moderate easterly facing slope. Both produce distinctly different characters in the wine. The southern Adelaide Hills vineyard has an east/west orientation with a moderate slope to the north-east giving wine with a touch more tropical fruit than the wine from the other vineyards. All vineyards are planted to the F4V6 clone and managed with a strict VSP canopy and targeted at

good fruit zone protection from the sun to avoid excessive tropical characters in the wine

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Pale golden straw with a luminous straw green hue.

Aroma

Intensely complex nose of delicately balanced tropical fruits, citrus, honeydew melon and grapefruit with lifts of savoury oak and hints of smoke and buttered toast.

Palate

The palate is integrated and finely balanced with fresh tropical fruit, citrus zest, green apple, savoury French oak, hints of buttered toast and refreshing cucumber. Lively linear acidity lifts the fruit on the mid palate which seamlessly integrates with the creamy round finish from the lees stirring. Brilliant length and intensity with a slight textural edge. Can be drunk immediately however it was made to reach ideal drinkability after 2-3 years in bottle. Full rewards will be obtained by allowing the varietal character to intensify and oak to integrate over this short cellaring time. Peak drinkability is recommended between Summer 2015 and Spring 2017 to gain the ideal balance of primary fruit and bottle aged complexity.

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Winery Background

The business was established in 1985 when a small pilot block was planted at Gumeracha to test the suitability of different grape varieties in the then newly emerging cool climate Adelaide Hills wine region. The vines planted included Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc both of which have become signature wines of the Adelaide Hills, and a number of traditional Italian varieties including Pinot Grigio, Barbera, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo all of which were demonstrated to be ideally suited to the Adelaide Hills. The winery takes its name from the township of Chain of Ponds which was established in 1864, on the banks of the River Torrens in the hills above Adelaide. The little town thrived until the 1970’s when it was razed to expand the adjacent Millbrook reservoir which now provides much of Adelaide’s water supply.Philosophy We source the best fruit from the best vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and take care and pride in making the quality wines with a difference. We continue to make traditional varietal wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon but we also use Greg's winemaking expertise to produce some fabulous and not so well know varieties such as a Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Pinot Grigio. The RegionThe Adelaide Hills is arguably Australia's most vibrant premier cool climate wine region and is well known around the world for its distinctive premium wines, viticulture and stunning scenery.It is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges just east of Adelaide, stretching in a narrow band some 70km long. The boundaries of the Adelaide Hills are registered with the Geographic Indications Committee with the highest vineyards sited at close to 600 metres altitude in areas such as Summertown, Piccadilly and Carey Gully.Just a 20-minute drive from Adelaide can transport you to the Adelaide Hills Wine Region, offering the rare combination of proximity to a capital city with the feel of being a world away.The ClimateRegardless of the diversity of the region the climate can be generally described as a high rainfall region in comparison to other Australian wine regions, however this rainfall is mainly during the winter months. The summer months are generally warm and dry compared to winter, however the average temperatures are considerably cooler than regions outside of the Adelaide Hills. The SoilThe geography and climate of the AHWR has contributed to soils that are highly variable in structure and chemistry. However in general terms they can be described as a mixture of sandy loams, loams and clay loams over clay subsoils that vary in structure, although it is not unusual to find these soils combined with shale and ironstone. They are generally acidic and in some cases neutral in pH, but rarely alkaline.

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Other Information

  • 2013 vintage
  • 6 x 750mL units
  • SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 12.5% alc.
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