The bouquet spells artful crafting of some very fine fruit. All the classic Margaret River, Chardonnay elements are here: fresh citrus, fig and melon, imbued with vanilla bean, minerals, brioche, nutmeal and nougat. The palate has acquired subtle caramel and nutmeal complexity and texture from time in fine French oak. A bright citrus acidity gives length, clarity and line to this fine and stylish wine.
Drink over the next 5 to 8 years
Each batch is handpicked around 12.5⁰ Be. The individual parcels of grapes are cooled, hand sorted then whole bunch pressed to extract the finest free run juice. After minimal settling, the juices are allowed to ferment naturally in French oak, of which 20% is new and composed of barriques, hogsheads and puncheons.
Fermentation temperature is between 18⁰C to 22⁰C and the lees are stirred weekly from later in the fermentation until dry. The separate parcels are matured on lees in barrel for 10 months and a portion of each batch undergoes malolactic conversion. The wine was blended to tank and received minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling.
Alcohol: 13% v/v
Acidity: 6.5 g/l
Residual Sugar: 0.61 g/l