2022 Burnside Vineyard Chardonnay

From a heritage Margaret River vineyard on the riverbank, this Chardonnay captures the unique character of this unique site.

100% Burnside Vineyard

Grapes: 100% Single Vineyard Chardonnay | GinGin Clone

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Wine Specs
Burnside Vineyard
Harvest Date
19th February
1-15 years
Bottling Date
February 2021
Alcohol %
The Wine Front
The Real Review
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
Score History 2022: 95 pts - The Real Review 2021: 95 pts - Wine Advocate by Robert Parker 2020: 96+ pts – Wine Advocate by Robert Parker 2019: 95+ pts – Wine Advocate by Robert Parker 2018: 95 pts - Halliday Wine Companion 2017: 95 pts - Halliday Wine Companion
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.
Wine Making
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.
Vintage Report
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.