Vintage: 2018 – a classic Margaret River vintage, characterised by a beautifully warm and dry ripening period, moderated by afternoon sea breezes and cool, clear nights. Fruit was picked in superb condition at optimal ripeness with full flavours and balanced acidity.
Varietals (%’s): 100% Chardonnay
Appearance: Pale, golden straw with bright green tints.
Aroma: Vibrant aromatics of ripe stone fruits, toasted nuts, grapefruit, burnt butter and flint.
Palate: A full-flavoured, textured, creamy palate with softness, richness and length. The wine shows good fruit weight – yellow peach, fig, grapefruit and complexity of flavour – roast hazelnut, oyster shell, toast, yet with good acid line to ensure lightness of foot and freshness of finish.
Winemaking: Fruit was handpicked and whole-bunch pressed straight to barrel with full solids for natural ferment by wild yeast. Partial malolactic fermentation and judicious lees stirring during maturation built palate weight, texture and complexity. Blended via barrel selection, the wine was then heat and cold stabilised with minimal fining and filtered prior to bottling end of 2018.
Oak Detail: 100% barrel fermented and matured for 9 months in a combination of new and 1 and 2-year old French oak barriques.
Cellaring: Ready for immediate drinking and will continue to drink well over the next 4-5 years.
Food Pairing: Drink with crispy skinned, slow-roasted pork belly.Alcohol Volume: 13.0%
Acidity: pH 3.35; TA 6.2g/L
Residual Sugar: <1.5g/L
91pts: "Light to medium-straw colour. Pineapple and sage aromatics. The palate opens with a richness of fruit, has a lovely medium-weight to it which is soft and flowing. A layer of green herb and sea succulents provides balance to the fruit. Acidity lingers in the background until it is required to provide a clean crispness to the finish. Drink 2021-2027" Stuart Knox, The Real Review, 28 Feb 2021.
92pts: "Wild ferment, 25% new oak, partial mlf. Stone fruit and toast flavours put on a strong performance. It's a soft, creamy chardonnay with ample flavour and satisfying length. Drink by 2026" Campbell Mattinson, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion.