All the hallmarks of Margaret River chardonnay leap from the glass: nectarine, nashi pears and orange blossom abound. The palate delivers both freshness and complexity with a saline acidity complementing
complex notes of brioche dough and roasted almonds. Barrel fermentation and extended time on fine lees provide depth and texture to this flavourful wine yet retaining brightness and freshness.
Grapes sourced from our younger vines, as well as some trusted
growers in Southern Margaret River were harvested in the cool hours of
the morning. The fruit was whole berry pressed and the juice partially
settled. A combination of wild and cultured yeast was used for fermentation
in large format oak casks and 1-2 years old barriques. No MLF,
but the wine was left on lees for 9 months to achieve texture and further
complexity. Our Rocky Road Chardonnay was blended and bottled in
Vintage Report: The season started out with a cooler, wet spring which resulted in a lower fruit set for some varieties such as Chardonnay. We experienced above average rainfalls in early spring, meaning extra effort was required in our organically grown vineyards to mitigate disease pressure. Spring rolled into summer with long warm and dry days, however a couple of rain events in February and March required extra effort from our committed vineyard team in terms of canopy management and fruit selection at harvest. All white varieties show fragrance and vineyard characters with perfume and aromatic lift combined with elegant textures and fine acid lines.