2019 Chardonnay, Margaret River $40.00
Our goal was simple – to show respect for the chardonnay grape. We’ve created a Chardonnay that displays finesse and elegance, with refined oak treatment and the deep, beautiful mouth coating characters that showcase the Margaret River region. This is a classical style Chardonnay with stone fruit flavours which present a distinctly supple, creamy texture, with well-balanced acidity and complexity.
Chardonnay loves Margaret River, and Margaret River loves Chardonnay. Our love for the local Chardonnay is unconditional, and with love comes great respect. Respect that Margaret River is the best place to grow Chardonnay in Australia. Respect for the varying traits of the different clones of Chardonnay in the region, and the subtle variance of terroir. Respect for the critical role of winemaking in turning great fruit into brilliant Chardonnay. And respect that this wine will always have a place among discerning wine drinkers.
Clearly we set out to show proper respect for this grape. We’ve created a Chardonnay that displays finesse and elegance, with refined oak treatment and the deep, beautiful mouth coating characters that showcase the region.
The 2019 Chardonnay is a classical style Chardonnay with tropical, stone fruit flavours present, and with a distinctly supple, creamy texture, with well-balanced acidity and complexity. It is quite stunning, displaying liveliness and flavour at relatively low alcohol levels.
Although Chardonnay is typically one of the early ripening varietals, this vintage was harvested slightly later, in the cool morning of early March. The reason for this was the mild, cool spring weather experienced all across the southern part of the state. These conditions were beneficial for our Chardonnay to maintain the fresh, bright aromas with some of the natural acidity. The Chardonnay was picked at a slightly lower Baumé to help restrain the phenolic nature of the clones used, and create a more finely structured wine, with slightly lower alcohol levels.
The 2019 Chardonnay has been sourced from the northern Margaret River sub region of Carbunup, with the majority of fruit being the renowned Gingin clone from Alexanders Vineyard.
Despite its lower yield, the Gingin clone is ideal for this Chardonnay and clearly loves the warm, maritime climate of Margaret River. It has gifted our wine great depth and complex citrus and stonefruit flavour, due to the high skin to juice ratio of the grapes. Interestingly, the Gingin clone is affected by a phenomenon called ‘hen and chicken’, where the less ripe ‘chicken’ berries are mixed in with perfectly ripe golden ‘hen’ berries. These little pea-sized chicken berries provide the wine with natural acidity. Fortunately, in Margaret River there are more ‘hen’ than ‘chicken’ grapes so the wine gets the perfect amount of acidity.
In a glass it presents pale green with a straw tinged hue.
Lifted intense varietal characteristics of stone fruit with a hint of lemon, complimented by some nutty characters.
The palate expresses a purity of good fruit with flavours of white nectarine and hints of apricot. Careful oak integration through gentle stirring on yeast lees has resulted in a desirable rich and creamy palate which, together with the tight lemon acidity, has kept the many layers of flavour together for a seamless finish with flicks of crème brulee notes.
We aim for minimal intervention to let the fruit express itself, yet there are certain things we do need to maintain the quality and integrity of this wine. We’ve added minimal sulphites to stop the malolactic fermentation, stabilise the wine, and ensure its shelf life. It has also been fined with the aid of skim milk products or Isinglass to remove harsh phenolic compounds. We use this method as opposed to other by-products as it is extremely gentle in nature and does not strip flavour nor character from the wine, creating a final, high quality polish. This wine was cold stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
Total Acidity6.32 g/l
Drinking Best2019 - 2024