2021 Sang de Pigeon Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills
Sang de Pigeon (pigeon’s blood) is a nod to my former life as a jewellery valuer. It’s the trade term for the colour of the finest rubies, invariably from the Mogok Stone Tract in Myanmar. The fruit for this pale-coloured Chardonnay was grown far to the south-east, in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills.
From Bowyer Ridge in Lobethal and the Garden Block in Piccadilly. Fair winter rains and a cool summer gave us a healthy crop of excellent quality. Hand-picked on the 22nd (Bowyer Ridge) and 28th (Garden Block) of March, whole-bunch pressed, wild yeast barrel-fermented, 25% malolactic, matured for 11 months on yeast lees in French oak (41% new, Mercurey), filtered and bottled.
1530 bottles produced.