2015 Calgardup Brook Vineyard Chardonnay RRP $60

 

Tasting Note

A complex menagerie of savoury and citrus. Lifted cashews and almond slithers make way to lime zest, whilst a subtle struck match character encompasses it all. The influence of the maritime climate is reflected perfectly by a persistent saline acid line. Typical Margaret River power is there in the mid palate, but restrained by lemon pith and lime; a hallmark from one of the coolest Chardonnay sites in Margaret River. 

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

Lemon meringue is a great call for the bouquet, some spice also in the action; elegant white peach flavours give way to bouncy grapefruit zest on the well-balanced and long finish. Drink to 2025

Score: 96 Points - Regional Winner
Wine Writer: James Halliday

West Australian Wine Guide - 2017

Another superb wine from this vineyard which always seems to produce wines of such delicate finesse and fineness.  This is right on the money but still with an intensity and persistence that stamps the chardonnay style.  The best yet from this vineyard. Cellar - 7yrs

Score: 96 Points
Wine Writer: Ray Jordan

The Wine Front
February 2017

Complex bouquet shows stone fruit, green apple, faint flint/struck match, whiff of grilled nuts, faint fern character. Pitch perfect delicate. More assertive to taste with a flood of green apple, savoury oatmeal and nuttiness, gentle cedar spice, cool acidity. Even flow, superb balance, elegance. It’s very, very good, seamless, supple chardonnay. Classic.

Score: 94 Points
Wine Writer: Mike Bennie

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