Pale gold in colour.
White nectarine and grapefruit nuances are evident with supportive spicy new French oak.
Dry, crisp acidity with nectarine, white peach and grapefruit flavours. The wine has intensity, power and richness with a vanillin oak finish – wonderful line and length.
Drink now or cellar for 5–10 years.Download Tasting Notes
The 2015 vintage in Western Australia was superb for Chardonnay with a warm, dry summer, early ripening and flavour development achieved with excellent acid retention.
The fruit was sourced from 30-year-old vineyards in Pemberton, handpicked and chilled before whole bunch pressing. The resultant juice was filled directly to barrel, with no clarifying, to maintain a high concentration of grape solids during fermentation to enhance the creamy and nutty texture of the wine.
Natural fermentation was used on 100% of the barrels. The Chardonnay was left on full lees for four months with battonage fortnightly for the first three months and then monthly for six months. The wine was aged in 75% new French oak with the balance in one-year-old French oak. Each of the barrels was then treated as an individual wine and blended to an outstanding quality level.
Grilled crayfish with garlic butter and baby carrots.
...a wine with resplendent depth to its mix of white peach, nectarine and grapefruit.95
This is sourced from the Fogarty Group's Smithbrook vineyard at Pemberton. Lovely smoky savoury characters on the nose with a subtle roasted cashew and white peach ripeness. There is a spicy balance in here, complementing the vanillin grapefruit mix. Excellent wine. Cellar: 6 years.91