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‘Sunday Slippers’

Chardonnay   |   McLaren Vale - Australia


The ‘Sunday Slippers Vineyard’ is located just southeast of the town of McLaren Vale where the gravelly alluvial loam always produces a wine of mineral definition. Elena has pulled fruit off of this vineyard in the past but it wasn’t until 2020 that Chardonnay entered her winery from this site. It is a true expression of Chardonnay grown in McLaren Vale in all its fruitful glory – and is a vast contrast to the richer and blousy style of Barossa Chardonnay.

The fruit has hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed primarily to stainless steel with a small bit going to neutral French barrels for fermentation and aging. Battonage was employed on the barrel fermented portion over the course of three months while the stainless lots were aged sur lie to really give the wine some tightness and verve. After six months the parcels were blended to tank and sulfured then bottled with a gentle fining, filtration, and  addition of sulfur.


  • Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vineyard: Sunday Slippers Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 21-years-old
  • Soil Type: Gravelly loam over ironstone
  • Viticulture: Conventional & Sustainable
  • Fermentation: Partial native and house cultured strain in tank
  • Skin Contact: None
  • Aging: 6 months in 80% stainless-steel and 20% seasoned French barrique
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • pH: 3.29
  • Total Acidity: 6.74 g/L
  • Total SO2: 159 ppm
  • Total Production: 6,132 cases
  • UPC: 9342160000607

Tasting Note

This wine demonstrates a combination of white stone fruits and citrus on the nose. It sits between flinty Chablis and supple White Burgundy. A reference to tropical fruits with some rockmelon lurking in the background on the entry, tight acidity and some French oak stretch out to the back palate, followed by tight acidity and whispery French oak stretching out to the end. The length and the more linear structure (and the refreshingly lowish alcohol) make this an ideal white wine with luncheon chicken: fricassee, cold, roasted, packed, drunken.

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