The fruit for Cape Mentelle Chardonnay is sourced principally from the wineries Chapman Brook vineyard located in the cooler southern half of the Margaret River wine region. All vineyards are spur-pruned and vertical shoot positioned. 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.
Vintage 2006 was challenging in Margaret River. A cool, dry spring was followed by mild summer conditions. Harvest was delayed by up to four weeks across all varieties and the Margaret River region recorded the latest vintage in its forty years of viticultural history. This translated into excellent acid retention and vibrant, fresh, fruit flavours in all white wines.
Hand-picked bunches were elevated into our Bucher membrane press and the juice left to settle overnight. The following day the juice was racked into Burgundy coopered French oak barriques, of which approximately a 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 December. The wine was bottled on 30 January 2007, after bentonite fining and cold stabilisation.
13.5% alcohol, 7.1g/l total acidity, 3.29 pH.