Planted in 1975 to Gin Gin (Mendoza) clone Chardonnay, Block 6 has a steep south-facing aspect thereby reducing the sunlight interception by the vines and creating a cool micro climate ideal for quality Chardonnay production. These dry grown vines produce tiny quantities of fruit with distinctive restrained minerally character.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
"Impressively understated for the Gin Gin clone in northern Margaret River, this is an accurate reflection of a special cool site defined by a honed and focused palate of incisive acid structure and impeccable poise."Rating 95 - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine, 1 December 2013
"Block 6 is planted to the low-yielding, small-berry Gingin clone; the decision to pick (early) has been handsomely repaid with the tension between the ripe white peach in the heart of the wine and its vibrant citrusy acidity, oak an interested observer. Drink to 2020." Rating 94 James Halliday, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, 1 August 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Brilliant appearance, great clarity and the lightest of green hues.
The 2012 Block 6 Chardonnay has mineral aromatics with background savoury flinty notes. The fruit is in the fresh white pear spectrum with perhaps some citric elements.
The palate is complex with good carryover of fruit expresion. Vibrant and with a lightness about it this wine, it is far from the old fashioned Australian Chardonnay of the 1980's. The old vine depth of fruit provides a complexity not seen in most Chardonnay - there is always more to find in the wine without it being overworked or over-blown. This is a beautiful wine with depth of flavour and texture that will stand up in a fine dining situation.