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Virgo— 2017 COMMUNE OF BUTTONS 'ABC' Chardonnay


The meticulous attention to detail of the Virgo character is reflected in this exceptional example of modern, clean, crystal cut Chardonnay.

Cool and lean. The palate shows tart acidity, bright citrus and refreshing apple notes. Textural and saline, a crisp and cleansing. A very precise wine.

Beautifully balanced, with mineral elements. A finish of impressive length, as per the determination of Virgo.


Winemaker’s notes

‘The ABC vineyard is a half-hectare plot of 27-year-old vines, grown on red clay over sandstone, quartz and ironstone. It's been dry-grown for five years. Fruit was whole-bunch pressed, then allowed to settle in tank for 12 hours before fermenting in seasoned barriques. The wine was aged on full lees for seven months in barrique, with bâtonnage once every two weeks for the first three months. Brandied into stainless steel tank and allowed to settle for two months before bottling(without preservatives) in November 2018. This vintage ripening conditions were excellent for the white grapes, with some rain at veraison followed by warm but dry conditions. It was the second year in a row that the white grapes were picked before the red grapes at Commune of Buttons. The warm, dry conditions resulted in good fruit concentration and aided the development of phenolic structure in the skins and seeds. This is a textural and intense wine with characteristic peachy-saline acidity from the clay soils.’


Virgo Season - August 23 to September 23

Ruler | Mercury - Element | Earth - Quality | Mutable


Virgo, the perfectionist.

You are delicate. Intelligent and poised. You are defined by your contribution, by your acts of service. Efficient, accurate, considered. Light, beautiful, impossible and unattainable.

Personified by the virgin goddess of agriculture your fixed, earthy nature likes to have its feet firmly planted on the ground. You like life to go as expected, or rather, as you have planned. You respect methodology and hard work. Recognising that consistency and diligence are the keys to success.

Your practical nature and intelligent mind can make relationships difficult to navigate. You don’t register emotion on a primal level as others do, you are governed by the mind. Rational. Intolerant of messy, unpredictable affairs. Instead, you crave romance as an ideal in its purest form. There is a difficult polarity in this; your level head in impasse with your idealistic heart. Practicality pushes, while romanticism pulls and the outcome is often to abstain entirely, hence the virginal connotations. Love will always be a challenge for the perfectionist.

You are ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication. However, its influence is internal. You channel information like no other, with discreet selectivity.

Meticulous. You are the aficionado of process with an incredible gift of bringing order out of chaos, illustrating the beauty and perfection you so desire. You live in a material world.

In your quest for idealism you can be critical of yourself and others. Constant judgement can be both exhaustive and destructive. You are prone to worry and dissatisfaction as your expectations are always high.

Your soul’s purpose is to help; to assist on a practical level. You are a kind, committed supporter who draws on your clever resourcefulness to solve the problems of those around you. You smooth the edges of the mess which is life.