- We sourced fruit for our 2017 Chardonnay from two exceptional vineyards situated in the cool Upper Yarra Valley, where both blocks provided a variation of high quality clones for us to play with (76, P58 and i10V1).
- Vintage 2017 in the Yarra Valley was long, mild and well suited to our elegant, restrained fruit style. Chardonnay was a star in 2017 and we look forward to watching these wines unwind and build in bottled complexity.
- Our fruit is all handpicked and sorted with a larger portion (95%) being whole bunch pressed, full solids run straight to barrel. The remaining fruit was destemmed and fermented on skins in small open pots for 5 days to add complexity and mouthfeel.
- Once in barrel, the lightly sulphured juice is allowed to settle before fermentation kicks off with mostly wild yeast. Bâttonage is practised regularly during the cooler months to build further layers and the wine remains on gross lees for the entire time in oak (9 months). We avoid MLF and prefer to ‘walk a bright acid line’ keeping our Chardonnay pure, fresh and linear – allowing it to evolve in bottle over time.
- In mid November 2017, the wine was racked to tank and settled for a few weeks before being fined, lightly filtered and bottled.
Matt East grew up in the Yarra Valley and worked alongside his father in the family vineyard from a young age. He dedicated 10 years to viticulture with a focus on Pinot Noir and made wine in the shed while growing up. He further honed his skills in local wineries during vintage and eventually left the Yarra Valley to study, travel and pursue a career in the broader wine industry. Rouleur wines err on the side of early picked where bright natural acid works in sync with varietal perfume, flavour and textures. All Rouleur fruit is handpicked and sorted, with the Yarra Valley Chardonnay being crafted from select clones (P76, P58, i10V1) where gentle pressing of bunches dominates before being gravity fed to larger format oak barrels. The Rouleur red wines are mostly fermented with whole berries intact, while whole bunches are opted-for when site, vintage and style dictate accordingly.