Production – 242 cases / 2904 bottles
Colour: Brilliant straw.
Bouquet: Jasmine is in abundance on the nose complimented by hints of butterscotch, fresh peach, apricot blossom and a touch of dried mixed spice. The oak lifts the nose with a touch of vanillin and char while it seamlessly integrates into the delicate, yet mouth filling palate.
Palate: Ripe white stone fruits combine with a hint of honey and a flinty minerality to give this wine breadth as well as length, finishing with a touch of toffee brulee.
Enjoy now or cellar up to 5 years for more complexity to develop.
Harvest: The grapes were picked on February 11th.
Vinification:The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning, then immediately pneumatically pressed. The juice was cold settled and transferred to barrels which underwent a wild fermentation. This year the French oak comes from three different coopers, three different forest and three different years, 45% new and the balance 1 and 2 year old French oak. The wine was initially stirred once a week on the lees, then 25% of the wine was given a malolactic fermentation and left to mature in barrel for 10 months. Bottled in December 2015. Drink now or cellar to 2023.
Technical Data: Alc. 12.5% pH 3.1 TA 7.3 g/l
Vintage: The Margaret River region had an abundant winter and spring rainfall, but little or no rain from November until mid-March, with significant rainfall over three days. Due to a combination of bushfires and reduced Marri blossom, the birds were keen for more than their fair share of the grapes. An all timed netting schedule ensured the damage from our fine feathered friends was minimised. Across the region yields were low due to poor flowering and fruit set, however the exceptional quality of our fruit more than compensated for the loss in quantity.
Vintage Rating 9/10
Awards and Reviews:
Lots happening in this complex chardonnay from these now mature, established vines. Lots happening, but delivered with delicate restraint. Gentle oak infusion with the wild yeas and lees influences adding subtle creamy texture with white peach and nutty nuances driven to a long finish. 93/100
Ray Jordan – The West Australian Wine Guide 2018