Nugan Estate SV Drover’s Hut Chardonnay 2020
Pale straw in appearance, with lively aromas of poached stone fruit and subtle kiss of toasty, oak in the background. A bright, fruit driven palate of stone fruit and citrus, meld with notes of allspice and lightly toasted brioche, bound together with a crisp acidity.
Pristine parcels of Chardonnay were mechanically harvested in the cool of the night and delivered to Nugan Estate Winery. The fruit was destemmed, chilled, and membrane pressed to stainless steel vats for overnight settling. The parcel was coarsely racked to seasoned 300 liter French hogsheads and stainless steel vats for fermentation. Some
solids were retained in the juice to assist with textural enhancement and inoculation occurred with a combination of non-saccharomyces and saccharomyces-based yeasts. Once dry, the vessels were topped and batonnaged monthly on gross yeast lees for 8 months, before racking off – this is done to build mouthfeel and complexity. The wine then undergoes sterile filtration and light PVPP fining (vegan friendly), before bottling in the new year. Between 4000 – 6000 cases made each year.