Fruit is predominantly sourced from Cape Mentelle’s Chapman Brook Vineyard located in the cooler Southern half of Margaret River. The Chardonnay is both spurred and cane-pruned and vertical shoot positioned producing an upright open canopy. The majority of these vineyards are planted to the Mendoza (GinGin) clone of chardonnay, which has proven to be particularly successful in the Margaret River region.
The lead up to harvest experienced a wild, cool and windy November which interrupted flowering and fruit set and ultimately resulted in the lowest yields for a decade. The summer leading into the 2013 vintage recorded temperatures well above average with perfect ripening conditions with white fruit harvested quickly and early in February. Another great vintage for Margaret River.
Hand-picked bunches were elevated into our membrane press and the resulting free-run juice was left to settle overnight. The following day the juice was racked into Burgundian coopered French oak barriques,
of which approximately one third were new. Fermentation proceeded by both natural and selected yeast strains. The wine matured in barrel for nine months, during which battonage and topping was carried out weekly. Batches were individually assessed and those meeting the requisite standard were blended in October and bottled in November 2013, after stabilisation in tank.
13.0%alcohol, 7.3g/l total acidity, 3.16pH.
Australian Wine Companion 2015
Predominantly from the estate vineyard, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, barrel-fermented in French barriques (one-third new), part wild, part cultured, yeast-fermented, matured for 9 months with weekly battonage. Gleaming straw-green; a super-elegant, yet extremely complex, wine, with pink grapefruit to the fore, balanced in both texture and flavour by buttery brioche.