"The wines made here reflect their origins and regionality

and are consistently among the finest from the region.

The cabernet reaches exceptional heights”

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2017
 

Chardonnay

An elegant and complex chardonnay with flavours of grapefruit, lime and gingerbread on a long fine palate with subtle mineral hints. Traditional winemaking techniques including hand picking and barrel fermentation produce a wine of great pedigree with outstanding balance and refinement.

Vintage Notes
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Type
White

Chardonnay 2016

This Cape Mentelle chardonnay style draws inspiration from the most traditional Burgundian methods to produce a wine displaying aromatic complexity and a fine, textured palate with a long, rich finish. Our chardonnay is made to go from aperitif to cheeseboard and is perfect for cellar ageing.

Appearance
Bright, straw yellow with hints of gold and sunflower
Nose
Intense nose of candied melon, orange zest, apricot jam and frangipani with sweet, warm spices and a hint of vanilla.
Palate
The palate is unctuous and generous, offering layers of flavour from stone fruit, rockmelon, white peach, dried apricots interlaced with caramelised breadcrumbs and toasted brioche. The long finish is rich but with spiced nut aromas lifted by preserved lemon notes.
Blend
100% Chardonnay
Cellaring
At least 10 to 15 years
Food Pairing Notes
This Chardonnay will pair well with creative and inspired dishes. We recommend Asian fusion and Pacific cuisine as the wine's richness and freshness can accommodate a range of spices, fresh herbs and even chilies. A simple pan-fried fresh cod with Vietnamese slaw?
The Vineyard
Fruit is sourced exclusively from Cape Mentelle's two Southern vineyards, Chapman Brook and Crossroads. The Chardonnay is mostly single cane-pruned, with the exception of a few older spur patches remaining, and all vertical shoot positioned producing an upright, open canopy. The majority of these vineyards are planted to the Gin Gin selection of Chardonnay along with classic Burgundian clones 95 and 76.
The Season
After a dry winter, Margaret River experienced a moderately warm summer, punctuated by unusual rainfalls in the second half of January which delayed the first harvests by about 10 days. The moderate day and low night temperatures allowed exceptional preservation of the varietal white aromas and a long harvest period to pick each small batch of fruit in the most perfect conditions. As a result, our Chardonnay retained its supportive acidity while developing beautifully ripe fruit flavours and a rich texture.
Winemaking
Our Chardonnay is harvested by hand in one-layer 6.5 Kg crates that allow the fruit to be gently transported to the winery. The fruit is then elevated into our membrane press for pressing directly to oak barrels of which approximately one third are new. Wild fermentation is left to happen with some malolactic fermentation taking place also as the wine is held unracked and unsulfured in barrels for ten to eleven months. Racking and blending happens at the last minute before bottling, in January just before the arrival of the next harvest.
Analysis
14.0% alcohol, 7.0 g/l total acidity, 3.25 pH
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Licensee: Cape Mentelle Vineyards Ltd. License number: 6180025494. Type of License: Producer's License