Four Buckets Chardonnay

Four Buckets Chardonnay is an unoaked, engaging wine that wins appreciation through its approachable, refreshing style.

Fruit for the Four Buckets Chardonnay comes from Lloyds Farm vineyard, which is a highly regarded site to the north east of the winery on a gentle slope with red, sandy loam soils over limestone – classic terra rossa. The mature vines consistently yield high-quality fruit, with cropping levels kept to moderate levels to ensure generous flavours. The grapes were chill pressed and the juice allowed to settle for 5 days in stainless steel tanks before fermentation.

Four Buckets is a new, entry level pairing from Sevenhill.

 

Grape Varieties:
Chardonnay
Alcohol/VOL:
12%
Vintage:
2016
Tasting Notes:

Lifted aromas of grapefruit and citrus peel, followed by delightful flavours of lemon, vanilla and honeydew melon on the palate. The finish is crisp.

About the Producer

Sevenhill Cellars

Sevenhill Cellars was the first winery to be established in the Clare Valley, In 1851 a small number of Austrian immigrants purchased 100 acres of land, naming it Sevenhills after the seven hills of Rome. The first grapes grown by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the community provided sacremental wine and began a long tradition of winemaking. Sevenhills is the only remaining Jesuit-owned winery in Australia the wines supports their Missions charitable work.

The underground cellar was excavated by hand and the winery constructed from the slate stone quarried from nearby, which is also used to build other notable landmarks – St Aloysius’ Church and the College. Sevenhills 72ha of vineyards are planted with 20 grape varieties, the average age of the vines is 75 years. The altitude of 400m ensures cool nights during the hot summer months, critical to the rich and concentrated ripening of the fruit. With a committment to low yields Sevenhill is highly regarded for its premium wines and the regional qualities that have put the Clare Valley on the world stage.

There have been seven Jesuit winemakers at Sevenhill, the most recent of whom is Brother John May who still works closely with the current winemaking team. Due to the shortage of Jesuits, the winery had to advertise for its first lay winemaker and Liz Heidenreich became the first non Jesuit winemaker in 2006 She is also the first professionally trained winemaker at Sevenhill, a nice counterpoint to Brother May, now in his 80s, being one of the longest serving untrained winemakers in the land. Liz has also been winemaker for Sir Cliff Richard and his Vida Nova wine label in Portugal, joking “I tell people one of my bosses is the Pope and the other is Cliff Richard.”

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