2015 Hazel's Vineyard Chardonnay RRP $60

 

Tasting Note

Powerful wet stone reduction jumps from the glass, whilst lifted white peach aromas eventually make their way through the maze of biscuit and almond meal. A palate that grows from front to back. Subtle citrus starts at the entry but quickly develops into nectarine and honeydew blossom. Balanced chalk like phenolics compliment the powerful finish whilst an arrow head of Southern Ocean acidity ensures the taste lingers long after the wine leaves the mouth.

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 - 7th place
Wine Writer: James Halliday

The Wine Front
March 2017

Pure chardonnay, pure Margaret River. Stonefruit abounds but so too lime, pear and grapefruit. Oak is prominent too but in a hand-in-glove way. Not the most complex or sophisticated of chardonnays but vigorous and intense. Quite glorious in its own way.

Score: 93 Points
Wine Writer: Campbell Mattinson

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