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Si Vintners, Ada Chardonnay 2018
South West Australia
Iwo Jakimowicz and Sarah Morris
The Ada takes the classic power of Margaret River Chardonnay and winds it into a tighter frame. A surprisingly intense yet light Chardonnay with lively acidity balancing out a fruit notes, finishing with a gentle nuttiness on the palate (from the oak). Good length and finesse. Not too unlike Chablis. Which can only be a good thing, and it breezes in at a non-vast 12.5%.
Ada is a vineyard site which Iwo and Sarah have a long-term lease on, and have been hitherto farming for four years. The vines, around 20 years old now, grow out of granitic bedrock with ironstone gravels and large rocks. Although they have always worked in this way, they are currently working on full biodynamic certification. Winemaking is very simple as always with hand harvested grapes which are whole-bunch pressed and fermented in used 500- litre puncheons, whereupon the wine is blended into stainless after 12 months to settle and come together. Minimal sulphur addition at blending of 30 pmm. Ada is Iwo’s sister. She has been waiting to have a wine named after her since they made Sophie Rosé (named after is Sarah’s sister!)
S 1& I Vintners is made up of Iwo Jakimowicz and Sarah Morris who in September 2010 purchased a 30-reacre estate with 20 acres under vine (the majority of which were planted in 1978). Their property is situated just south of the Margaret River township of Rosa Glen and the motivation was to handcraft natural (and natural-tasting) wines, expressive of the vineyard and sub-region. They started farming their vineyard organically/biodynamically from the beginning and all their wines are made without any of the usual commercial winemaking additives apart from a small sulphur addition at bottling and bottled without fining or filtration.