This wine achieves the difficult balance of providing a wonderfully complex Chardonnay drinking experience without sacrificing fruit freshness and vitality. As a result, this expertly made wine will be just as rewarding to lay down as its red counterparts. It will very slowly develop more subtle complexities and character for years to come whilst ensuring fruit and hence regional character is the focal point of the Redbrook Reserve style.
Brilliant clarity. Pale to mid straw with a youthful green rim.
Citrus, and lifted stone fruit aromas drives the nose of the wine with delicate savoury aromas of dried herbs, malt, shortbread, and oyster shell from wild fermentation and maturation on yeast lees in large format French oak barrels.
Delicate, but long and complex. citrus, pear, rock melon, honeydew and nectarine and fruits overlayed with subtle dried herbs, toasted spice, malt and tropical fruit notes. Layers of complexity will develop beautifully over time.
Will continue to develop complexity for five to seven years from vintage.Download Tasting Notes
The season began beautifully, coming through a cool, wet winter into warm spring. However, storms led to difficult flowering conditions and subsequent variable fruit set and yield. The weather rallied with a perfect Margaret River summer. Rainfall in March freshened the grapes beautifully and kicked them on to achieve full ripeness and ideal balance. .
At perfect ripeness, the fruit was selectively handpicked at dawn, then gently loaded into an airbag press with the juice being continuously tasted to ensure only the finest quality was used in the blend.
All juice went straight into new French oak to wild ferment. This helped to impart textural and aromatic complexity to the end wine. When each barrel finished fermentation it was lees stirred fortnightly for nine months to provide texture and mouthfeel in the end wine. A minimal handling approach has produced a unique, delicate Chardonnay that will develop great complexity over time.
Fried lemon & almond coated King George Whiting with crab salad.
Outrageously delicious; it may not be as complex as some, but everything is as finely tuned as a grand piano prepared for a major concert. It soars on the finish with green apple, grapefruit and white peach. The new oak was only 18% and that was all that was required.97