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
This is in the heart of the grand complexity of Margaret River chardonnay style, with exceptional depth of flavour and structure amplified by the old vines and the Gingin clone; white peach, nectarine and fig fruit and creamy cashew notes are balanced by crisp, firm acidity. Rating 96 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (SEP/2014)
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 WBM
Winery Tasting Notes
Brilliant appearance, great clarity and the lightest of green hues.
The 2013 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 expression. 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.
Medals & Trophies
Bronze Medal, Margaret River Wine Show 2013