2019 Commune of Buttons Macerated Chardonnay

Basket Range, Adelaide Hills, SA

Jasper Button's first crack at a skin-contact Chardonnay and it's a blinder.



About The Wine

It has long been a topic of discussion in the Commune of Buttons cellar, the idea of producing a skin-contact Chardonnay.

Well, 2019 was the year they took the plunge. Parcels of fruit from both the Clover and ABC blocks were isolated, the fruit was allowed to hang out on skins for three weeks before pressing and sending it off to barrel.

The trick with skin contact Chardonnay is to be able to keep it fine rather than big and overly chewy. Jasper was careful to only extract a small amount of tannin during pressing leaving him with a pure, stunning example of the wine style. It's more a textural Chardonnay than a classic orange wine but it's absolutely gorgeous to drink. Only 50 dozen made.

About Commune of Buttons

Siblings Jasper and Sophie Button returned home a few years ago to help save their family vineyard, planted primarily to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay 20 years ago by their mother.

They began restoring the site and transitioning to organic and biodynamic principles, and at some point decided that rather than sell off their prized grapes to others, they’d turn their hand to winemaking.

Just a couple vintages in, the results have been fantastic. The wines are made naturally with only minimal sulphur additions and slow, gentle ferments. The Buttons wines are as loveable as the family who made them.

Jasper Button in the family vineyard
Jasper Button in the family vineyard
Photo Credit: Nat Rogers
Additional Info

From The Producer

A small selection of grapes from the Clover and ABC parcel harvests was collected for a special project that has long been discussed at the commune. A skin contact chardonnay. We hand destemmed the grapes and gently macerated on skins for three weeks only wetting the cap once a day to ensure gentle extraction. The ferment was then pressed but the hard pressings were separated off. The wine was then racked into barriques. Elevage was for 11 months and bottling took place on feb 8th. Only 600 bottles produced.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Exotic scents of quinine, sweet spice, mandarin, oatmeal. Quite lovely but quite overt too. Texture is awesome, a mix of overt juiciness and jolly fruitiness with firm sheets of tannin overlapping and tightening. It feels like it celebrates texture rather than makes it a feature, not quite an orange wine, but close, in the best sense. Dials in intensity and drinkability." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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