5 Clones of Chardonnay
Single Vineyard, Karridale, Margaret River
Chardonnay is the pinnacle of white wines in Margaret River and we love the finesse and natural acidity in chardonnay from the Karridale sub-region. Higher rainfall and humidity means there is less moisture stress down here. Cooler days and nights preserve natural acidity and finer, more complex fruit flavours.
This vineyard has an excellent track record with chardonnay and we have been working with the owners since 2003. There is an obsessive attention to detail that delivers pristine hand picked fruit perfect for whole bunch pressing. After chilling in a cold room overnight we press the whole clusters of chardonnay direct to barrel: no clarifying, no acid added, no yeast. The natural ferment kicks off as the juice warms. The oak is 500L French oak puncheons (50% new) for excellent oak integration, respect of the fruit and a cool look. After 10 months on full lees in oak the wine is bottled.
The 2013 Corduroy Chardonnay is our second Single Vineyard Chardonnay form Karridale and shows the class and fruit power we have come to expect from this excellent vineyard. A complex nose: Sal says melons, and I reckon some grapefruit, yet there’s so much more happening. Roast almond, struck match, bacon fat, layered and evolving…a wine to serve well chilled and savour as it warms in the glass. Textural and rich but with great acid balance, a seamless wine with the incredible length only great vineyards deliver. Two shows entered, two gold medals. Boom.
- Margaret River
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