The nose opens with notes of sea spray, crushed shells, frangipani and
delicate spiced pears. Wild fermentation with full solids provides flinty
complexity and extended time on lees adds intrigue and excellent length
to the palate. A distinctive saline acidity and attractive chalk-like
structure complement the mineral nature of this unique Southern
Margaret River vineyard near right by the Indian Ocean.
100% Calgardup Brook. This vineyard lies just inland from the coast. Its sandy, schisty soils are well weathered. These chardonnay vines run east-west with a slightly sloping northern aspect.
Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and transferred directly to oak with full solids. Fermented by the native years in barrique (approximately 30% new). Post ferment, barrels are left cool but unsulphured for 4 months to encourage autolytic activity. Batonnage every two weeks based on flavour and partial MLF to balance the high natural acidity of this vintage. Wine was racked with full lees to tank in December and
spent two months on lees in tank before bottling in February 2020.
Vintage 2019 required meticulous vineyard management as a result of
cooler than average temperatures, wet conditions and low sun
exposure. Careful canopy management, precise picking decisions and
accurate fruit sorting were essential for producing high quality wines.
The Marri trees didn’t blossom and the birds were hungry resulting in a
lower than average yield despite our extensive netting program. Smaller
canopies in our dry farmed vineyards and regular leaf plucking enabled
us to pick ripe, clean fruit and produce whites with excellent purity and
great natural acidity. Reds benefited from the long ripening season
showing elegant tannins and great aromatic lift.