The ‘Sunday Slippers Vineyard’ is located just southeast of the town of McLaren Vale. 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 vast contrast to the richer and blousy style of Barossa Chardonnay.
The fruit has hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed primarily to stainless steel but 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 without fining but with a light filtration and addition of sulfur.