Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
From two tried-and-tested blocks. The primary source for this wine is planted to the Old Wente selection. This is the most northern block, as well as one of the oldest, coldest and windiest sections of Durell. The fog lingers and wind is funneled down a sub-valley making for stronger, more prevalent wind. The gently sloped block has southern exposure and the soil is some of the lightest on the property; it’s light in texture and pale in colour. The soil produces grapes that provide this Chardonnay its richness and deep texture. The second block includes Dijon clone 76 from the rocky flatland on the northeastern side of our estate. The soil is fast-draining, but more importantly the little bit of soil stuck between all the rocks is surprisingly fertile and strong. This, according to Rob Harris, Director of Vineyard Operations, “is the genius of Durell. The combination of rock and soil in the ratios we have is the biggest asset and determining influence.” The rocks bask in the warm sunshine, heating the soil and radiating warmth to the fruit. The result is the lush, ripe flavour and distinctive minerality that complements the Old-Wente lot bringing two of the loveliest attributes of Durell together in the glass. 100% MLF, 15 months in French oak barrels, 33% new.