2017 Reserve Chardonnay
Varietals (%’S): 100% Chardonnay
Appearance: Pale, golden straw with bright green tints.
Aroma: A rich, precise nose of grapefruit zest, white peach, citrus blossom and roasted cashew with hints of subtle flint complexity.
Palate: A palate of foremost precision and delicacy, requisite power and complexity. Abundant stone fruits and citrus drive, oyster shell, seaspray refreshment, toasted nuts and spice balanced by a moreish salted lime acid and framed by beautiful tight-grained French oak elegance.
Winemaking: Fruit was handpicked and whole-bunch pressed straight to barrel 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 2017.
Oak Detail: 10 months maturation in a combination of 66% new and balance 2nd use tight-grained French oak barriques – Taransaud, Mercurey & Francois Freres.
Cellaring: Freshness and vitality equals ready to drink now. Oak is suitably integrated, however, will continue to evolve over the next 6-10 years as structure and texture morph & interplay.
Alcohol Volume: 12.5%
Acidity: pH 3.21 TA 7.0 g/L
Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/L
Awards & Ratings:
Top Gold – 2019 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Gold – 2018 Royal Sydney Wine Show
Gold – 2018 Royal Perth Wine Show
Gold – 2018 Australian Small Winemaker’s Show
Silver – 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Silver – 2018 Wine Show of WA
Silver – 2019 Royal Perth Wine Show
Bronze – 2018 and 2019 National Wine Show of Australia
Bronze – 2018 and 2019 Margaret River Wine Show of WA
Bronze – 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze – 2018 and Halliday Chardonnay Challenge
95pts: "Medium to full yellow hue. Nutty oak shows quite strongly at first, the palate full-bodied and rich, but also light on its feet, with intense grapefruit and lemon flavours backed by sensitively used oak and refreshing acidity that enlivens the entire wine through to the last. Long carry. A very smart chardonnay. 2020-2027" Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 16 April 2020