2020 Cloudburst Chardonnay
Cloudburst is a small project by New Yorker Will Berliner who started making wine in his 'backyard' in Margaret River, Australia. Because the vineyards only cover 1.25 hectares, Berliner can manage his vineyards with great dedication. The very small vineyards are all organic and mainly worked by hand. If he can find reliable help, one of his main tasks is to weed out among his densely planted, almost bonsai-like vines.
He planted the first vines in 2005, but the process still continues as he continually fills holes in the vineyard. No supplemental water is used, so some vines invariably don't take root well and need to be replaced the following year - and sometimes the year after. The wines are super-terroir wines and have achieved cult status in knowledgeable circles. The price reflects the scarcity and intensive labor that Berliner devotes to the vineyard.
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