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Lethbridge Wines

2017 Allegra Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Surf Coast

2017 Allegra Chardonnay

Our flagship Chardonnay in 2017 is another one for the cellar!

97 points, James Halliday

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$90.00
 
SKU: ALL2017

97 points, James Halliday
"50/50% P58/Dijon chardonnay clones, the vines planted in '81; hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented, matured in new French oak. Exceedingly powerful and complex. Needs to be chilled on a warm/hot day, but is quite something."

As our 21st Anniversary in wine passed this year I have had many reasons to reflect on the wines we have made.  I have been very satisfied by the way many of them have aged and still retain a real sense of place and time.  This has led me to think about what it was about these wines that allowed them to age so graciously.

Determining ageabilty of a wine is not an exact science. That being said there are three traits that are important to a wine’s longevity. These are acidity, tannin structure and fruit density.  This Allegra has incredible acidity with a pH 3.15 (after 100% MLF). It was elevaged in 100% new oak allowing the oak tannins to frame this wine. Finally it comes from a vineyard that is 47 years old and only produces 12Hl/Ha giving incredible fruit density.  I think a wine to enjoy for quite some time.

Ray