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2014 Redbrook Reserve Chardonnay

Redbrook 2014 Reserve Chradonnay from Evans & Tate - 97 points from Halliday Wine Companion 2019

2014 Redbrook Reserve Chardonnay

94 Points 94 97 Points 97

$65.00

winemaker's note

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 its unique fruit style, and hence regional character, remains the focal point of the Redbrook house style.

colour

Brilliant clarity. Pale to mid straw with a youthful green rim.

aroma

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.

palate

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.

cellaring

Will cellar for at least ten years from vintage.

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vintage

The exceptional 2014 vintage started in September 2013 where rainfall was over double the long term average - a great start to the season to set up the vines, especially our dry grown Blocks. The beauty of the rainfall in 2013 though is that it all fell at the right time, post-harvest, winter and early Spring - exceptional! This was followed by very dry but not hot conditions (utopia for wine grape growing). These mild conditions retained grape acids and minimised phenolics, creating aromatic fruit.

winemaking

Our Redbrook Chardonnay Vineyards have consistently produced our benchmark Chardonnay for many years. At perfect ripeness, the fruit was selectively handpicked at dawn. The fruit was gently squeezed and continuously tasted to ensure only juice of the finest quality was used in the final blend. This first juice 'fraction' equated to less than 500L per tonne. All juice went directly from the press into new French oak puncheons to undergo wild fermentation on solids, imparting textural and aromatic complexity to the wine. Once blended, the wine was stabilised and filtered only once prior to bottling and extended bottle maturation prior to release. This minimal handling has helped to express our unique, delicate Redbrook house style that will develop great complexity over time.

region

Margaret River

variety

Chardonnay 

analysis

  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • pH: 3.14
  • TA: 7.83g/L

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china wine & spirits awards 2018

hong kong international wine & spirits challenge 2017

best chardonnay

perth royal wine awards 2017

wine show of western australia 2017

royal queensland wine show 2018

international wine challenge 2017

international wine & spirits competition 2017

margaret river wine show 2017

royal hobart wine show 2017

royal melbourne wine awards 2017

halliday wine companion 2019

Made in precisely the same way as the '15, one irrelevant difference being less new oak at 15%. Underlines just how slowly this wine develops and how long it will take to reach its plateau of perfection. 

97 Points 97

halliday

wow factor whites 2018

97 Points 97

ray jordan, the west australian wine guide 2018

This has been picked early to create a finer style of supremem elegance. There's a slightly creamy texture with white peach and pear character supplemented with roasted cashew and light charry oak. Very long finish is a feature.

94 Points 94