Very pale straw with a brilliant green hue.
Aromas of ripe citrus highlighted by flinty minerality.
Fine and tight with exceptional vibrant natural acidity. Persistent length draws out flavours of ripe white stone fruit and complex oak-driven characters increase structure and depth.
This wine may be enjoyed on release but will find further complexity over three to six years from vintage.Download Tasting Notes
2018 was a beautiful, mild vintage with very limited heat spikes. Chardonnay grapes were harvested in early-to-mid February which encouraged expressive aromas, concentrated flavours and lovely acid retention.
The grapes were hand-picked then left overnight in a cool room set to zero degrees. The following day, the fruit was whole bunch pressed, with minimal spins, on a long cycle, to avoid unwanted, ‘tougher’ phenolics. The juice was then moved straight to oak for wild ferment in both puncheons and hogsheads, 35% of which were new. The wine did not undergo any malolactic fermentation. Battonage was used sparingly and frequency was dependent on the individual parcel of wine.
Spot on, pristine, Margaret River chardonnay of complexity and verve. All the good things - yeasty complexity, white flowers, nectarine, flint, grapefruit all bound by a long fine acidity. Good precocious drinking now, but will vastly better with several years of bottle age.96