Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Laibach Woolworths Ladybird White

2017 Silver Medal

Laibach Vineyards

Laibach Vineyards Laibach Woolworths Ladybird White
Dry White Varieties (<5g/l or up to 9g/l if TA <2g/l lower) (Chardonnay) Unwooded any vintage


Grapes for this wine come mostly from grapes grown on our farm. Hand picking started already around the 20th of January, very early, for Laibach. We picked our last Chardonnay around the 15th of February. We very much do exactly the opposite of conventional winemaking and this wine is again a testimony of what we want to achieve in the long run. No crushing, enzymes, settling, finning agents, no yeast and no cooling for this wine at all. We used for the first time some small concrete egg tanks (4 times 1600 liters) and we also fermented some parts on the skins for 20 – 30 days in open top tanks. 50% of the wine was fermented in old 500 liter Hungarian oak barrels, 25% in the Concrete eggs and the rest stayed 1 year without sulfur in stainless steel tanks. The final wine was racked and blended during January 2017 and then it was bottled with a light filtration. Beautiful light straw colour. Some tropical aromas with papaya and fruit salad evident. A bit of lime on the nose, but also some hints of white stone fruit. On the palate, a lovely balanced softness with great minerality and a lingering acidity. The freshness and elegance of this wine is amazing. It is light to medium bodied and will complement light refreshing food well but in general it is a wine to be enjoyed at any time!