Brilliant condition. Fresh green, light gold in colour.
A layered, complex wine with stonefruit, pear and citrus notes and seductive fresh toast, dried herbs and toasted spice aromas from wild fermentation on solids in new French oak barrels.
The palate shows remarkable fruit sweetness, intensity and persistence typically found in Chardonnay wines grown in the Karridale area. This fruit intensity is matched with lovely texture and savoury elements from the time spent maturing on yeast lees and solids fermentation in the 45% new French oak puncheons (500L) – all balanced with fresh acidity.
Peak drinking to 2023+.
The fruit for this wine is the Gin Gin clone which is renowned for producing powerful Chardonnay wines in Margaret River. When the decision was made to pick in February 2014, the block was selectively handpicked over two days.
The fruit was then cooled in a cold room to 8C before loading the small press with the whole bunches. The fruit was then gently squeezed and the cool, turbid juice went directly into French oak barrels for wild fermentation. The intensity of fruit flavour was matched with 45% of the wine being fermented and matured in new French oak puncheons—predominantly Francois Frere and Mercurey—and 20% of the blend undergoing MLF to achieve a complex, balanced wine with harmonious integration. The balance was matched to one- and three-year-old French oak puncheons. Following wild fermentation, each barrel was stirred and topped fortnightly for nine months before individual barrels were selected for inclusion into the final blend. The blend then spent a further seven months on yeast lees to achieve the desired texture before being bottled under screw cap.
Margaret River 100%
Chicken or fish dishes.
Trophy – Best White Wine of Show
Trophy – Best Chardonnay
Seamless and refined. This is a far more elegant display than is the norm for this label. It's bright and complex with plenty of grapefruit, citrus, pear and apple flavour, a splash of tinned tropical fruits blooming on the finish. Oak and fruit sit hand-in-glove and the lengthy, refreshing trail of fruit flavour extending out through the finish is impressive.95