Fruit is sourced from the Rocky Road Vineyard which lies in the headwaters of the Chapman Brook, near Witchcliffe in the south of the Margaret River region. The rows are on a northerly aspect and the vines enjoy long days of sunshine, moderated by the vineyard’s southern location. The vines are cane pruned on a single bilateral cordon with a vertically trained canopy. It is a simple and practical format that maximises light penetration and maintains a balanced vine.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
Witchcliffe is in the deep south of Margaret River, way down low. I've often looked at the sign when in the region and imagined witches live there. Gentle handling from vine to bottle, natural ferment, time in French oak on lees, bottled. Something a touch resinous and smoky in there, but not too distracting. Matchsticky funk of the good kind. White stone fruit medley. Piercing acidity across the palate with a fleshy frame surrounding, has some nuttiness, almost knife edge oxidation, but in a good way. Ample through the finish too. Not clumsy, but cuddly. Pretty delicious. 93 points, Mike Bennie - www.winefront.com.au posted 12th February 2013
Mid-gold, vibrant hue; the most tightly wound and citrus accented wine of the three chardonnays, this wine offers lemon, fennel and almonds on the bouquet; zesty and showing plenty of grip, the acidity is very lively and lip smacking. Rating 91 - Drink by 2016 - Ben Edwards, Australian Wine Companion (JAN/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
This is a tonic of orange peel, lemon blossom and fresh cut locuts.
A lime citrus backbone takes curved form with ribs of mandarin, orangcello and white peach leading further down to a petit waistline after passing thru a soft centre that is lightly washed in almond milk. Finishing mineral and honest with a sorbet kiwifruit zest and freshness this Chardonnay is sexy, sophisticated and sharp on its feet. Forward thinking.