- Vineyard Region Margaret River, WA
- Vintage Conditions The 2009 vintage in Margaret River produced exceptional ripening conditions, resulting in richly flavoured wines with fantastic varietal intensity. Following the cool finish to 2008, the ripening months of January, February and March saw a series of prolonged periods of warm weather punctuated with short, cool, dry spells. This allowed for slow ripening which retained natural grape acids and produced great flavour concentration in all varieties.
- Grape Varietal Chardonnay
- Vinification and Maturation This Chardonnay was harvested during the cool of the night and early morning to ensure the fresh, crisp fruit flavours were preserved. Following destemming, the grapes were gently pressed and a portion of the juice was continuously tasted to ensure the finest quality was used in the blend. Each juice batch was then cold settled over night before undergoing fermentation to contribute complexity and texture in the end wine. The ferments were transferred to French oak barriques, with each barrel undergoing lees stirring to provide texture and mouthfeel in the end wine. The final blend was then assembled prior to a light fining and bottling.
- Winemaker Matthew Byrne's Notes
- Colour Pale to mid straw with youthful green rim.
- Aroma Pristine Chardonnay aromas of nectarine, citrus fruits and white peach overlay complex savoury notes of toast, dried herbs and crème brulee that will intensify in the bottle over time.
- Palate Chardonnay flavours of white peach, lemon citrus and melon fill the palate with natural fermentation in French oak barriques and extended time on yeast lees contributing lovely texture, savouriness and ageing potential to the end wine.
- Last Tasted 01 APR 2010
- Peak Drinking Drinking beautifully now with youthful and fresh flavours but will cellar well until 2017.
- Sauteed chicken breast, potato and sweet white potato, Chardonnay jus