The strength of Margaret River Chardonnay lies in the stark contrast of styles of the region’s hallmark white variety.
The secret to making a great one in the region is, often, to leave it alone, giving the wine a sense of place, allowing expressive fruit and minerality to shine.
This award-winning 2018 Evans & Tate Single Vineyard Chardonnay is all of this and more, a multiple gold-medal winner from the winery’s much-vaunted single vineyard range.
Hailing from the family-run Bridgelands vineyard in Karridale, just south of Margaret River, this wine represents exceptional value in a standout vintage: clean, fresh and pure, delicate complex citrus notes followed by wonderful toasty, malty flavours combine for a formidable dance on the palate. A wine of balance, length and finesse, the result of clever, detailed winemaking, which included two barrels undergoing malolactic fermentation.
Brilliant clarity. pale straw.
Stone fruit, pear and citrus notes and seductive fresh toast, dried herbs and malty aromas from barrel fermentation.
This Chardonnay has powerful flavours and structure, balanced by refreshing natural acidity.
Drink within five to seven years from vintage.
The 2018 vintage in Margaret River was extraordinarily good and one that winemakers always hope for. The season commenced with the winter and the first month of spring all being wet (all over the long-term rainfall average). This set up vine health very well especially as it was coupled with ideal temperatures from September to December inclusive (budburst onwards) – no cold periods and even maximums devoid of heat spikes.
A pure, hands-off approach was used in the making of this wine to allow the vineyard character to sing. Once the decision was made to pick, the hand-picked fruit was cooled overnight to 8C in a cool room before the cool, whole bunches were loaded into a small press. Delicate pressing followed which released the early highest quality free-run juice fraction which equated to 440L/T. The cool, cloudy juice was then transferred into barrel (500 litre French oak puncheons) to undergo wild fermentation. Following ferment, all barrels excluding two were topped and bunged destined for maturation. These two were allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to impart subtle complexity, texture and balance to the end wine. The wine remained in barrels for 11 months and was stirred monthly to ensure the yeast remained in suspension at all times. Once the ten barrels were blended into a stainless tank, it remained on yeast lees to mature for a further ten months. Once balance and style were achieved the wine was bottled and matured further prior to release.
The above winemaking decisions were chosen to achieve complexity and the house style in the final wine without sacrificing freshness or the potential for longevity – a rare achievement in Australian Chardonnay winemaking.
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- pH: 3.12
- TA 7.42 g/L
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Fruit from the Bridgelands vineyard in Karridale. Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed direct to 500L puncheon for wild fermentation. 2 barrels underwent mlf. After blending in tank, all wine was returned to barrel and left on lees for a further 10 months. This wine is a statement of excellence for Margaret River chardonnay: spicy, rich, saline and very long. Classy wine and detailed winemaking. Yes please.96
I had it shipped to friends who loved it. I am currently stuck it Texas and look forward to returning and sampling all your wines again.
Lovely classic Margaret River Chardonnay, great value wine.
A delight to drink
My new fav
Love this wine!
Really bloody good
What a wine!
In my opinion, you can't go past E&T single vineyard range and this Chardonnay is no exception. Shared a bottle with friends who instantly asked for more!