2022 Commune of Buttons Macerated Chardonnay

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

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It had 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 and now it's here to stay! 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.

A small selection of grapes from each parcel of chardonnay was added to a rolling ferment for the macerated chardonnay in 2021. The ferment was built as 50% whole bunches on top of destemmed fruit and gentle pump overs were performed once a day to ensure minimal oxygen exposure and tannin extraction. The ferment was gently pressed after 3 weeks to 55% extraction leaving behind the hard pressings. Elevage was for 11 months in stainless steel and bottling took place on February 8th with only 1300 bottles produced.


The wine is distinctively orange and there is a hint of terpene in the finish, it is smooth and well-rounded, loose in the mouth, but the characteristic acidity of the chardonnay parcels lingers and tightens the wine up in the finish.

Commune of Buttons

Siblings Jasper and Sophie Button returned home some years ago to help save their family vineyard nestled in the Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills, planted primarily to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay 20 years ago by their mother.

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

The wines are made naturally with only minimal sulphur additions and slow, gentle ferments. Jasper's winemaking has taken them to the front of the pack in the lo-fi Australian wine scene. With each release, the wines are more refined and detailed. They are wonderfully pure, unadulterated and as loveable as the family who makes them.

Jasper Button - Basket RangeAdelaide Hills Commune of Buttons

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