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2016 Expressions Butterball Chardonnay

2016 expressions butterball chardonnay

2016 expressions butterball chardonnay

92 Points 92

$20.00

$15.00

colour

Bright golden green with a fresh green rim.

aroma

Ripe stone fruit, melon and pear with intense shortbread, brioche and toasted bread notes from time spent maturing on yeast lees.

palate

Rich, full and seamless. Creamy, ripe stone fruits fill the mouth on entry with lovely shortbread and brioche flavours adding richness and complexity. This full flavoured wine is a classic style that rewards with long flavours and length.

cellaring

Now, will develop over next 2 years with careful cellaring.

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vintage 

A very distinct vintage - the dry, warm Spring and Summer meant it was tracking early but a tropical rain event in January saw 50-70mm fall across the region which pushed back harvest dates slightly - we thought the whites may suffer berry split and subsequent high disease pressure, the hard work from our Vineyard Managers coupled with the warm, dry conditions and fresh daily sea breezes resulted in no issues – another “lucky” vintage in Margaret River! Chardonnay, is yet again the pick of the white varieties, with extraordinary flavour depth and length.

winemaking

Select Chardonnay parcels were picked at full ripeness from our vineyards located in central and northern parts of the Margaret River wine growing region. The fruit was destemmed only (not crushed) before being chilled to 10°C at the winery and lightly pressed in an airbag to minimise the pickup of phenolics. All the juice was settled overnight and rough racked the next day to ensure solids were included in the fermentation. 40% of the blend underwent full malolactic fermentation with remaining parcels on yeast lees. 20% of the blend was fermented in French oak. The final blend was stabilised and filtered once prior to bottling.

region

Margaret River 100%

varieties

Chardonnay 100% 

analysis

  • Alc Vol: 13%

Lobster, shrimp or crab in pasta cream sauces

james halliday australian wine companion 2015

Matured, but not fermented in, it would seem, oak, the expansive and seductive array of white peach, nectarine and a wisp of fig making any additional oak strictly redundant. The Butterball name is unexpectedly appropriate, even though that isn't necessarily what chardonnay should be about. Yes, I like the wine.

92 Points 92