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Elysian Springs Honey Block Chardonnay 2016

Adelaide Hills, Australia

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Named in honour of the nectar created by the bees and their hives situated beside Elysian Springs' native tree lot and treasured Chardonnay block.
Whole bunches from the single-block Chardonnay vineyard were hand selected and picked in the cool of the early morning then destemmed without crushing the fruit. Gentle pressing followed and the free run juice started fermentation in small stainless steel tanks, finished in seasoned French Oak barriques and left to rest for 4 to 6 months. It was then bottled directly thereafter with minimal filtration to capture the purity of taste and texture of the Honey Block fruit.
Full, ripe and rounded, tropical fruits dominate the open with hints of banana, pineapple and melon, giving way to butterscotch, honey, fig and toasted nuts. Well balanced, with a fine minerality and elegance throughout.
Elysian Springs is a 200-acre estate located in the pristine northern end of the Adelaide Hills district, bordering the Eden Valley. It is the birthplace of the River Torrens, the fresh water tributary key to the establishment of the capital of South Australia, the city of Adelaide.
The vineyards were established by the Seppelt family in 1980 with the planting of Syrah (note the French terminology for Shiraz), Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, thereby becoming one of the first vineyards planted to the latter Burgundian varietals in South Australia. When the Seppelt business was sold in the 1990s, the Elysian Springs vineyards were recognised as being some of the most premium sites held by the company, contributing fruit to some of Australia's most iconic red and white wines.
Now under the stewardship of Brad Rey and Glen Wandless, the new custodians practice sustainable viticulture along with biodynamic and organic techniques to produce wines with a true sense of place. The philosophy includes composting everything (including the estate's sheep manure), the planting of cover crops, integrated pest management (including the planting of beehives) and vine balance practices that ensure sustainability of the vineyard ecosystem.


Alcohol: 13%
Style: Rich, ripe, rounded
Closure: Screwtop
Drink by: 2021

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