Commune of Buttons Kikuyu Chardonnay 2021
The Button family has been growing grapes for a couple generations now, but under the Commune of Buttons flag, they have really hit their stride, making wines that resonate of place and time. Every season sees an evolution, and a refinement to the wines, that truly speak from the heart.
Notes from Jasper below:The Kikuyu chardonnay is from Dave Freschi’s vineyard. Perched on a north-facing slope at the northern end of the valley the vineyard is planted at 10,000 vines to the hectare and is dry-grown; Dave Freschi prunes each vine to a single cane of six buds every year. The vineyard this year produced about three tonnes to the hectare, in the chardonnay parcel. Another interesting aspect of this vineyard is the co-planting of chardonnay muscat vines. This ancient clone of Chardonnay hails from old burgundy plantings and is aromatic in flavour profile with some of the grapes on the vines looking like a muscat variety; there is about 10% in Kikuyu 2021. The parcels of Kikuyu were chilled overnight then whole-bunch pressed and allowed to settle overnight in tank. The juice was then barrel fermented in 10-year-old barriques and elevage on full lees was for six months in these barrels. The wine was racked to tank and aged for another three months with bottling in December 2021. Kikuyu is light and aromatic, but its characteristic mineral acidity builds length and complexity. It is easy to drink and enjoys a quenching mouthfeel that is highly enjoyable.
Region: Adelaide Hills