|It has been so long because we only make our Reserve wines in exceptional years. Both 2011 and 2012 were deemed by our winemaking and management team to be average to good years but not exceptional. However, 2013 was the exceptional year we have been waiting for and we are delighted to be able to offer the 2013 Coopers Creek Swamp Reserve Chardonnay to you on its release. The Swamp Reserve label (formerly known as Swamp Road) is one of a few Classic Chardonnays that have been made since the mid 1980s.
Simon’s description of his winemaking and the wine is as follows:
Winemakers NotesIn 2013, we hand harvested the best fruit from the top of our Middle Road Chardonnay vineyard. 2013 was a tremendous year and we will be talking about the fruit quality for many years to come. The fruit was chilled and underwent whole bunch pressing. Fermentation, MLF and aging occurred in French oak (about 25% new). The wine stayed in barrel, on gross lees until January 2014 and was bottled in March and April of 2014.
Tasting NotesColour: Pale in the glass as a young wine, but will develop pale gold tints with time in the bottle.
Bouquet: Year after year the fruit from this vineyard exhibits ripe lemon and grapefruit characters. This is interwoven with subtle oak and lees and MLF derived creaminess.
Palate: Harmony and balance have become two of the hallmarks of our Swamp Reserve style. This wine has fineness and structure, yet is also incredibly complex and long.
CellaringOur Reserve Chardonnays drink beautifully after about 12 to 18 months, and then cellar out to around five years in the correct environment.
The sister wine to the Swamp Reserve Chardonnay is our SV “Limeworks” which is also available. The grapes for both wines are grown on our Havelock North Hills vineyard. This little known vineyard has been in the company’s ownership since 1989 and has consistently produced full bodied, rich and powerful wines with the ability to age well.