Not to be approached lightly in its youth. Full flavoured, complex and textural, yet still lively and refreshing. It will likely benefit from some air (a gentle decanting?) until 2015 or so.
This, our second release of this wine, has been made using the traditional techniques of the latter, yet with an expression of fruit unique to this site. Hand picked bunches were pressed whole, with the unclarified juice filled to Burgundian coopered French oak barrels (one third of which were new) with no additions. The natural yeast from the vineyard (and perhaps winery) kicked in a few days later and fermented the wine to dryness over the next few weeks. The wine then stayed on lees for ten months with regular stirring and some barrels underwent some natural malolactic fermentation. The best barrels were selected, blended and prepared for bottling in January 2013. So about the name; G1-10. We quite liked the technical sound of this (a Chardonnay clone? a cultured yeast?), but it is in fact Biblical. From Genesis 1-10: "And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters he called Seas: and God saw that it was good." Now we aren't pushing creationism or any 'isms' here, but with a vineyard in some prime earth and with sea views from the winery, we reckon we know how he must have felt and liked the simplicity of it. Sitting on a hill staring out to sea at the end of the day with a nice glass of Chardonnay in hand, it really is.....good.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale green with hints of straw.
Boom - not a shy or feminine style. It initially reeks of rose petals, funky tropical holiday fruits and curry leaf. After 10 minutes in the glass it settles back to show regional typicity for the variety - ripe white fleshed stonefruit, citrus pith and blossom. With more time still, the limey signature of Chardonnay from our vineyard really comes further to the fore.
Weighty and woolly - it's a pretty big mouthful of quince, exotic tropical fruits and soft, ripe stonefruits to start. Like the nose, the palate fines up and becomes more citrus focussed in both flavour and feel as the wine breathes. The mid-palate has some yoghurt creaminess and the finish has a little oatmeal tannin and is highlighted by a twist of limey acidity.
It definitely benefits from some air in its youth, and its vivid green now suggests it is a baby. We said 2018 on the label, but that is likely to be conservative.