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Chandon Barrel Selection Meunier 2018

Chandon Barrel Selection Meunier 2018

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The cool climate of our Yarra Valley vineyard produces Meunier fruit of high quality. At Domaine Chandon we capture these pristine varietal characters and ensure our wines express regional integrity, great style and elegant sophistication.

Wine Profile
Bright garnet, very bright and delicate colour. Cherry and blackcurrant pastille fruit aromas supported by subtle oak, which offers walnut and hazelnut elements.
Meunier is rare outside of Champagne, and even more so as a still red wine. In 1831, James Busby brought Meunier cuttings from Champagne to Australia. These are now growing at a select few locations around the country including our estate vineyard in the Yarra Valley. While Meunier grapes are traditionally grown at Chandon for our sparkling wines, when the opportunity arose to make a small parcel of still red wine the winery team jumped at the opportunity. Our Yarra Valley vineyard has a great clone of Meunier, that flourishes in our rich soils, favourable row orientation and canopy structure. Strictly limited irrigation and fruit thinning ensures even ripeness across these rows. When making this Meunier, our goal was to retain soft, red berry fruit flavours as well as savoury, supple tannins and balanced acidity.
Mild conditions in late winter and a favourable start to spring resulted in an early budburst for varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Late spring and early summer provided ideal conditions leading into veraison. Summer remained mild, with few days in excess of 35°C. This, combined with good canopy cover and cool nights, resulted in one of the best vintages since 2002 for early varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Abundant flavour with some of the best acid balance we have seen, suggests amazing promise for the complexity and longevity of the 2018 wines. The vines chosen for Domaine Chandon Barrel Selection Meunier, were carefully monitored by the lead cellar hand throughout the ripening period to determine the best timing for harvest. That moment arrived when the fruit was expressing ripe, vibrant strawberry flavours and a nice balance between sugar and acidity. Once the small parcel of hand-picked grapes arrived at the winery they were crushed and chilled for three days “cold soak” at 6°C in order to procure the best natural colour the fruits can provide. The grapes were hand-plunged daily to extract a balance of colour, flavour and tannin components. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was then pressed and transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in oak where it was topped, regularly monitored and assessed for nine months before bottling.
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