2017 Laterite Hills Chardonnay

 

Tasting Note

Immediately kaffir lime leaf and grapefruit leap from the glass, accompanied by a light ginger note.

 

The palate is balanced, fresh and long. Mouth filling white peach and lemon rind give way to a roasted almond mid palate. The acidity is creamy but balanced. An abundance of flavour throughout. This wine is a homage to our house style of farming and winemaking 

Winemaking

Farmed (organically or biodynamically) and made in the same way of all our single vineyard chardonnays. Fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed, before undergoing wild yeast fermentation in French oak barriques (20% of which were new). Barrels were left unsulphured till September and some underwent wild malolactic fermentation. Wines were transferred with full lees to tank for extended maturation on full lees. Wine was then clarified and bottled unfiltered in January. 

Vineyards

A blend of our 3 family owned and farmed vineyards (Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel’s), the wine draws its name from the lateritic soils that are inherit to our area of Margaret River South. 

Season

After desirable conditions during flowering, the summer started cool and wet, slowing down the growing season significantly.
Conditions improved in late February, developing into a perfect Indian summer. The result is whites that are packed with energy and poise, and reds that got the benefit of a long, cool ripening periods; tannin ripeness and complex flavour developments. Alcohols are lower than previous years, even with greater physiological ripeness.

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