2015 Burnside Vineyard Chardonnay

 

Tasting Note

Our oldest vines have produced an alluring and powerful example of a Margaret River Chardonnay. Aromas of ripe loquat and peach flesh give way to nuances of fresh pineapple and light brioche dough. The palate is multi-layered with ripe peach, crème caramel and underlying natural ferment characters. Textural layers are supported by persistent mineral acidity, combining power and grace.

Winemaking

  • Whole bunch pressed
  • Hand harvested
  • Pressed juice straight to barrel for ferment
  • Indigenous yeast ferment
  • No additions of yeast, acid, yeast nutrient etc.
  • 20% new French Oak, remainder two and three year old French Oak
  • No malolactic ferment
  • Battonage and aged on lees
  • Some sulphur and light bentonite fining in Spring
  • Bottled in December.

Season

Our 2015 harvest broke records on various fronts. A mild winter resulted in early bud-break, exposing sensitive young shoots to wild early spring conditions resulting in a significant reduction in yields across all varieties.  A warm and dry summer set us on the path to two distinct harvest periods for white and red varieties; we experienced our earliest Chardonnay harvest to date with all three vineyards picked and fermenting two days earlier.  A significant rain event mid-February delayed ripening of reds, however, due to low yields the rewards were full tannin ripeness and flavoursome wines. It was a challenging season that saw bushfire smoke, masses of hungry birds and significant rain events make for an edge of your seat ride that has produced stunning wines across all varieties - albeit on a much reduced volume!

Reviews

James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - 2016

 

Score: 95 Points - 3rd Place
Wine Writer: James Halliday

The Wine Front
February 2017

Burnside vineyard holds the oldest chardonnay vines of McHenry Hohnen’s suite of vineyards. Only about 20% new oak these days. Wild ferment, time on lees, no malolactic fermentation. Magnificent release, once again. Complex perfume offering neat mesh of flinty-mineral character, nougat, fresh cut stone fruit. Pure, powerful in the palate, so racy and yet imbued with lemony freshness and brightness. Fine, sleek lines, beautiful expression.

Score: 94 Points
Wine Writer: Mike Bennie

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