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Deep Woods 2016 Reserve Chardonnay

Deep Woods 2016 Reserve Chardonnay - 97 points, Halliday Wine Companion 2019

2016 reserve chardonnay

97 Points 97 97 Points 97

$45.00

colour

Mid-light straw with tinges of green.

aroma

Notes of fresh stone fruit and citrus blossom combine with warm straw, cedar spice and chipped oyster shell aromas.

palate

This wine displays a pure and elegant palate of stone fruit, lime zest and blossom. A fine acid backbone combines with juicy phenolic structure to produce a wine of depth, power, and complexity.

cellaring

Optimum drinking within five years of vintage.

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vintage

The 2016 vintage in Margaret River yielded elegant wines with pristine natural acidity and archetypal varietal purity. A steady harvest allowed considered picking decisions leading to wines of considerable finesse but with unmistakable Margaret River power.

winemaking

This wine is an assemblage of two central Wilyabrup vineyards with a small amount of fruit from the Karridale area. The fruit was hand-picked and then chilled to maintain pristine condition. A minimalist approach in the winery included whole-bunch pressing, wild fermentation and sparing lees stirring in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak. The individual parcels were kept separate and aged on lees for 9 months until the final wine was blended for bottling.

The 2016 Reserve Chardonnay is only the fifth vintage of what the Deep Woods winemaking team see as the ‘rebirth’ of this wine, and has become one of the most sought after wines from Deep Woods Estate. Despite huge acclaim for previous vintages, the Chief Winemaker firmly believes that this is the best vintage to date.

region

Margaret River

variety

Chardonnay 

analysis

  • Alcohol: 13.1%
  • pH: 3.24
  • RS: 0.5 g/L
  • TA: 7.0 g/L

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halliday wine companion 2019

Mainly sourced from Wilyabrup, this wine has a special type of phenolic grip (not limited to white wines), which makes the taster incapable of doing anything other than swallow it (bad phenolics have the opposite effect). Perfect fruit/oak balance. To 2030.

97 Points 97

ray jordan, the west australian wine guide 2018

Continues the evolution of Deep Woods to premier Chardonnay producer in Margaret River. This is high-class stuff that gets the whole kid gloves treatment from winemaker Julian Langworthy. Whole bunch pressing after hand-picking, a mix of new and used French oak and lees stirring. It all creates texture and layered complexity. Such an elegant and persuasive chardonnay that captures the new expression of the region. Cellar: 7 years. 

97 Points 97

drinks trade magazine

tasting bench chardonnay, march 2018

A rich style of wine. On the nose, there are aromas of ripe fruit, lees and oak. On the palate, soft acidity and ripe fruit sit behind the prominent oak.