2019 Rouleur Chardonnay Yarra Valley – The Rouleur philosophy is pretty simple. They source exceptional parcels of fruit from quality vineyards and growers to make wine that they, and hopefully you, like to drink. They tend to pick on the earlier side, seeking bright acid, freshness and lift without sacrificing flavour. Their aim is to capture terroir by not messing with the natural order too much, keeping winemaker inputs and additions to a minimum. Rouleur wines are handmade in small batches to deliver their take on the varieties and vineyards they work with. A delicious and personal perspective on each vintage year.
They sourced fruit for the 2019 Chardonnay from 3 Upper Yarra vineyards, each offering high quality individual clones to work with (Macclesfield – 50% clone Bernard 76, Woori Yallock – 30% clone P58, Yarra Junction – 20% clone i10V1).
Fruit was all handpicked and sorted, both on the tractor (into bins) and back at the winery prior to processing (into press). Keeping it simple, they chilled their fruit overnight before whole bunch pressing each vineyard parcel to tank for settling over 48 hours. The juice was then run by gravity to new (12%) and old 500L puncheons for fermentation. Once in barrel, fermentation commenced using a combination of wild and inoculated yeast. They generally avoid MLF with their Chardonnay, however one ‘rogue barrel’ ticked through secondary ferment naturally – which was a blessing in disguise, providing an interesting and delicious 20% parcel to finally blend with. Their Chardonnay remained on gross lees for 8 months in barrel before being blended, fined and lightly filtered prior to bottling in late November 2019.
The 2019 Rouleur Chardonnay shows white fleshed peach, honeydew melon and squeezed grapefruit over almond and fine spiced oak. The palate is full of flavor – it’s textural, stone fruit driven but tightly wound with a core of tangy natural acid to finish.
Single Price: $35.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $26.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $312.00