The kikuyu chardonnay is from Dave Freschi’s vineyard, and we’ve has been making wine from this parcel since 2020. The vineyard has always been a source of reverence because of what it is to the Piccadilly Valley – a vineyard tended by a winemaker. Perched on a north facing slope at the northern end of the valley the vineyard is planted at 10,000 vines to the hectare and is dry-grown; Dave Freschi prunes each vine to a single cane of 6 buds every year. Driving past this vineyard there is an awe for real viticulture here; vines grown to make wine. Each vine struggling to produce a small offering of grapes each year; really exciting stuff. The vineyard this year produced about 3 tonnes to the hectare, in the chardonnay parcel. Another interesting aspect to this vineyard is the co-planting of chardonnay muscat vines. This ancient clone of chardonnay hails from old burgundy plantings and is aromatic in flavour profile with some of the grapes on the vines looking like a muscat variety; there is about 10% in kikuyu 2021.
The parcels of Kikuyu where chilled overnight then whole bunch pressed and allowed to settle overnight in tank. The juice was then barrel fermented in 10-year-old barriques and elevage on full lees was for 6 months in these barrels. The wine was racked to tank and aged for another 3 months with bottling in December 2021. Kikuyu is light and aromatic, but its characteristic mineral acidity builds length and complexity. It is easy to drink and enjoys a quenching mouthfeel that is highly enjoyable. – Commune of Buttons