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.
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The 2014 growing season in Margaret River commenced with what seems like text book Spring conditions when you look at the data. Coming off a lovely cool, wet winter only just under the long-term rainfall average and consistently low temperatures until the vines burst away in a slightly warmer than normal month of Aug. Sep and Oct temperatures were right on the long-term average with no extremes and Nov was a copy of Oct with ideal temperatures for that month albeit slightly mild being under the long-term average. The rainfall data for these months also portrays an ideal picture with Sep and Nov being spot on their average and Oct being only slightly under.However, the storms and wind that accompanied this rain plus the frequency of rain events during these months (especially Nov which had 9 rain days evenly spread throughout the month) meant that flowering conditions were not ideal in many vineyards and subsequent fruit set and yield was variable and/or down. The region then moved into weather from Dec to Mar that Margaret River is renowned for. Four months where the temperatures were right on the long-term average with no spikes and lovely cool nights, with a period of 10 consecutive days of very special and well-timed warm weather in late Jan into early Feb. This period was also very dry – only 17mm of rain falling in three and a half months! Then the 39mm of rain received from 17-19-Mar from the tail of Cyclone Olwyn was perfectly timed as all our white varieties had been harvested and the timing and volume of this rainfall event was ideal to freshen the reds and kick them on to achieve full ripeness and ideal balance – a trait of the vintage.Conditions then returned to near perfection until there was significant follow up rain that commenced on 8-Apr with our final harvest being on…….the 8-Apr! Over 120mm of rain ended up falling in April which is the highest since 1990 – something that will put the vines in good stead heading into the 2016 vintage. All in all, it was a vintage in Margaret River where we were lucky (quite a consistent theme here) as although yields were painfully low and bird damage compounded the situation, it was the low yields at the end of the day that has really helped take quality to the level expected from Margaret River.
A wine made from a single Block from our Karridale vineyard. The Karridale area within the Margaret River wine growing region is south of the township itself and produces distinctly powerful Chardonnay wines that have tremendous fruit weight from front to back palate. The area is influenced more so from the Southern Ocean and is subject to the coolest and longest ripening period in the region. The location of our Karridale Chardonnay vineyard being away from the coastline, accentuates this “coolness” to produce this distinctly styled wine. 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 hand picked over 2 days with the fruit then being 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 1-3yr French oak puncheons. Following wild fermentation, each barrel was stirred and topped fortnightly for 9 months before individual barrels were selected for inclusion into the final blend. The blend then spent a further 7 months on yeast lees to achieve the desired texture before being bottled under screw cap.
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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 impressive95