Museum Release – 100 bottles
Colour: Golden straw.
Bouquet: A bouquet of fresh, ripe white stone fruit, supported by pear, melon and a touch of brioche.
Palate: The palate is generous with an array of white nectarine, peaches, pear and melon, complimented with a touch of butterscotch and nougat with a fine long finish.
Harvest: The grapes were picked on 6th and 12thMarch 2004.
Vinification: The grapes were harvested in the cool early morning hours, then immediately pneumatically pressed. The juice was cold settled and transferred to tank for the primary ferment. Using a commercial yeast culture the juice was inoculated; once started the ‘new wine’ was racked to new and old French oak. This year the oak comes from three different coopers, three different forrest and a third new, a third one year old and a third two year old French Oak was used. Something we have been working towards. The wine was initially stirred once a week on the lees. A malolactic ferment was introduced to 10% of the wine. The wine saw 12 months in oak and was blended and bottled in February 2005.
Technical Data: Alc. 14.5% pH 3.44 TA 6.2 g/l
Vintage: Margaret River had a near ideal spring with adequate rain and an overall cool, mild growing season with only a few heat spikes, leading to a fine mild autumn. With a longer cool period to ripen, the 2004 Chardonnay developed more precise varietal characteristics. So what that means in the glass is that the 2004 is a bigger style than the 2003 Chardonnay and it handled a lot more supporting oak.
Vintage Rating 9/10
Awards and Reviews:
“A complex bouquet; positive á la mode, slightly funky barrel ferment aromas; a rich palate, but not over the top, with ripe nectarine and grapefruit; good finish.”
94/100 – James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2007
Busby Trophy – National Wine Show of Australia
Gold Medal – National Wine Show of Australia
Gold Medal – Cowra Wine Show
Gold Medal – Rutherglen Wine Show
Gold Medal – Royal Hobart Wine Show
Gold Medal – Australian Boutique Wine Awards
Gold Medal – Macquarie Bank Royal Sydney Wine Show