Immediately all the hallmarks of Margaret River Chardonnay leap from the glass: pink grapefruit, nashi pears and blossom abound. The palate delivers both freshness and flavour with a saline acidity complementing an abundance of white flesh nectarine and fresh citrus peel, whilst subtle toasted almonds linger on the finish. Fermentation and ageing for 8-months on fine lees in a combination of French oak barriques and large format casks provide depth and palate length to this flavourful wine.
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.
This Chardonnay fruit was harvested in the cool of the night. Fruit was pressed without sulphur to 2800L 1-5 year old French oak casks, where the juice underwent wild fermentation.