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2021 Chardonnay

2021 Chardonnay
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SKU: EXCH2021 1100924
"2021 delivered a Chardonnay with finesse, an intricacy of texture and stunning energy; a beautiful illustration of our mature vineyards and their remarkable location". - Coralie Lewis, Cape Mentelle Winemaker

In Margaret River, considered one of Australia’s premium chardonnay growing regions, Cape Mentelle creates wines of plush texture, depth and power, yet balanced with a fine frame of acidity. Built around the classic local Gingin clone, this multilayered and complex wine draws upon an additional array of clones and multiple microclimates within our sites, benefitting from cool nights to capture an exquisite vibrancy of fruit.

Pale yellow
The Chardonnay 2020 reveals a beautiful and expressive nose of white flowers, yellow peach, beeswax and hints of brioche.
Hand-picked Chardonnay from our own vineyards with “one plot one batch” approach, gently pressed and transferred to barrel for wild fermentation. Oak selection focuses on enhancing fruits and specificities of each plot. Wine is then left unsulphured for a few weeks post ferment and undergoes a stirring regime monitored by tasting to build texture and refine structure. In this blend, our Chapman Chardonnay provides generosity and weight while our Crossroad fruit adds another layer of tension to the wine. Essentially, the team aims to interlay each block to ensure that the final wine showcases the unique taste of each sites’ characteristics and clonal diversity.
Chardonnay 100%
10-15 years
Food Pairing Notes
Spinach gnocchi with parmesan, chilli crab linguini or cheesy puffs.
The Vineyard
The fruit in this wine comes from our two southern sites, providing brightness, purity and natural acidity. The blocks are set up on a VSP trellis system and are a combination of spur and cane pruning depending on the block. The value that these parcels provide is their excellent expression of site and region.
The fruit is 100% hand-picked into small baskets with a capacity of only 6.5kg to ensure it arrives in pristine condition. Gin Gin clone fruit from our Chapman Brook vineyard block 17 was the first to be picked in early March, with the very last pick coming from our Crossroads Vineyard Burgundy clones 95 & 76 on April 1. After gentle whole-bunch pressing, the juice goes straight to barrels, with all the solids remaining. We use Burgundian oak exclusively, one third being new. The 100% wild ferment is left to happen naturally with some malolactic fermentation encouraged. The wine was bottled over two days in mid-January, just before the start of the following harvest.
14.3% alcohol, 7.43g/l total acidity, 3.24 pH

Wine Pilot

Ken Gargett

2021 is proving to be an excellent vintage in the Margaret River region, but one needs a long memory to recall when they were not blessed with fine conditions. The fruit is sourced from the Crossroads and Chapman vineyards, mostly the gingin clone. Whole bunch pressed and fermented in barrels, maturation is in French oak (88%) and tank (12%) for ten months, before transferring to tank for a further five months with monthly lees stirring. 
A gleaming pale gold and such an alluring nose. The complexity is immediately evident  with wonderful floral notes, stonefruits and vanillin oak, finely integrated. Tropical notes emerge more on the palate than with the aroma. Balanced, exhibiting finesse and exceptional length. Balance, finesse and length are very much the hallmarks of this stunning Chardonnay. Eight to ten years with ease. 

International Wine & Spirit Competition September 2023

Silver Medal

Ripe orchard fruits and a nutty hint of marzipan on the nose with a focused palate of rich and vibrant fruits, excellent use of oak and racy acidity giving a touch of salinity and a powerful length. 

Decanter World Wine Awards 2023

Silver Medal

Restrained aromas of ripe melon and fresh peachy fruit. Slightly warm on the palate, supported by a vibrant acidity.

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