Voluptuous and expressive, this wine shows fresh almond pastry, white nectarine, and Nougat aromatics. Wild fermentation adds a flinty complexity and the extended time on fine lees contributes a delicious savoury character to the palate, which is powerful yet defined by a fine frame of natural acidity. From an old heritage vineyard on the south bank of the Margaret River itself, this Chardonnay captures the distinctive character of this site.
100% Burnside Vineyard. Located on the bend of the Margaret River, this old vineyard grows on unique micaceous and granitic soils. The chardonnay rows are on a steep northerly aspect running in a north-west, southeast orientation.
Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and transferred directly to oak with full solids. Fermented by native yeast in the finest selection of French oak barriques (approximately 30% new). Batonnage to encourage autolytic activity was based on flavour and no MLF to retain the natural acidity of this vintage. The wine was racked out of barrels with full lees to tank in December before bottling in February 2023.
A season that slowly escalated into a very hectic but also exciting harvest. A cooler and wet Spring saw vine growth delayed in development, and we were set for a late start of harvest. But then Summer came, and it was full of sunshine, dry and warm through December, January, and February with warm days and some warm nights. Ripeness across all white varieties was quicker than average with a rather compressed Chardonnay harvest. Quality across all whites is excellent, with lots of flavour and concentration yet retaining perfume and drive.