Three Dark Horses Chardonnay
A single vineyard Chardonnay from the beautiful McLaren Vale. The juice is cold pressed and oxidatively handled to tank. It is cold settled for 5 days then racked to oak (50% new) for fermentation by wild yeast. The finished wine is left in barrel for 12 months and regularly lees stirred.
A very interesting nose of grilled nuts, vanilla and nougat. There is underlying peach and tropical fruit aromas. The palate is all about texture. It has flavours of peach, vanilla and nougat with good acid and an even, long finish.
When Matt, a former winemaker at Coriole, was presented with a unique opportunity to make wine from Bruno Romano’s old vineyard in the Seaview sub-region of McLaren Vale it was an offer that he could not refuse. Discussing the opportunity over a few cheeky wines, he teamed up with his father Alan and grandfather Frank and Three Dark Horses was born.
We produced our first vintage in 2009 using Shiraz and Romano Grenache from McLaren Vale and Touriga Nacionale from Langhorne Creek. The Shiraz and Grenache were matured in French and American oak for 18 months before blending with soft, berry flavoured unoaked Touriga. The result was a unique blend of dark cherries and raspberries with hints of dried spices and herbs, this is our SGT which we still produce today. All this was done by hand, using a hand press, a borrowed crusher and lots and lots of hard work.