Pierro Chardonnay 2012 (12 x 750mL), Margaret River, WA.

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The 2012 vintage was characterised by good winter and spring rains followed by a warm dry summer. Although January was the warmest for a decade there were no extremes of heat and the grapes were not adversely affected. James Halliday describes the vintage as exceptional and very close to the excellent 2011 harvest. Perhaps that's a good way to describe the quality difference between the 2011 and 2012 Pierro Chardonnays – the former 'excellent' the latter merely 'exceptional'. Mike Peterkin may be able to live with that.

WA - Margaret River
Western Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

This white wine is still influenced by Mike Peterkin's philosophy that strongly supports the role of the malolactic fermentation. He believes that this can play a part in improving the flavour and length of palate of Pierro's flagship wine. Likewise, battonage (regular lees stirring of barrels) is seen as vital to the style because it contributes a seamless character and creamy texture to the wine. Barrel fermentation in new (50%) and one year old French barriques remains a constant.

The 2012 Pierro Chardonnay is subtle, restrained and delicate with bright white peach and nectarine flavours and a wonderful mouthfeel, unctuous and viscous with lingering tangy acidity. It is fresh, vibrant and neatly integrated with impressive purity, balance and underlying power.

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Today the two finest chardonnays in the region are Pierro and Leeuwin Estate. Seeing as Margaret River is indisputably Australia's premier Chardonnay producing region, this is a major honour.

During the last two decades the two wineries have received praise and accolades from around the world for their consistently outstanding efforts with the variety.

Innovation and location have been the key factors in developing the quality of the Pierro chardonnay.

There is much about the winemaking process that is traditional at Pierro: the wine is barrel fermented in French barriques; a hundred per cent goes through the malolactic fermentation and has regular lees stirring (battonage) during its 12 month oak maturation.

This is a white of great finesse yet impressive power, tight structure yet generosity of flavour; ripe melony, peachy characters yet noticeable restraint and subtlety; an unctuous mouth-feel yet with taut, fine acidity on the finish.

Indeed, it is a fitting ambassador for Margaret River wine and the on-going quest for ever greater quality at Pierro.

Top Vintages

2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

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