Reabow’s Mercator Chardonnay 2017 is not what you might describe as dialed back, having undergone 100% malolactic fermentation and matured for 12 months in French oak, 40% new. On the nose, there is a hint of reduction before lots of lime and lemon and some floral perfume in the background.
“Each clone contributes its unique palate (taste) and nose (smell) profile to a wine. Floral, fruity, citrusy … the list goes on and on.
A clonal blending approach means that we select certain clones as our ingredients in the final blend of Mercator. The ratio of each clone used, in the Mercator blend, is vintage specific. This is because each vintage results in slightly different core quantities of each blend change from year to year. Ultimate influenced by our greatest driver – producing the best Mercator that vintage could possibly produce. “