2013 saw a change in the winemaking for the Chardonnay with a new approach to handling the juice. All of the hand picked fruit was pressed on a Champagne cycle in a small press and run straight to barrel, only 20% of them new. This in effect meant we had high quality, low phenolic juice, with some solids in the fermentation and each barrel was it’s own unique wine. All fermentation was allowed to start naturally and when about halfway through was inoculated with a cultured yeast to ensure a smooth finish. Post fermentation the barrels were stirred regularly to build mid palate texture and weight. After 8 months on lees the wine was blended and finished for bottling.
- WA - Mount Barker
- Western Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
An elegant Chardonnay which presents soft white stone fruit characters of white peach and nectarine over a ripe citrus core.
A touch of smokey, savoury oak combined a line of pure mineral acidity gives incredible freshness and length to the finish.
This vintage in particular shows a capacity to age gracefully over time and will reward careful cellaring.