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. Most of the Chardonnay is cane-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.
2007 was one of the earliest recorded vintages in Margaret River. The season was marked by a warm dry growing season, which combined with excellent vine health, produced full flavoured, concentrated white wines with great aromatic intensity and fresh, lively palates.
Hand-picked bunches were elevated into the press. The following day the juice was racked into Burgundy 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 December. The wine was bottled in January 2008, after bentonite fining and cold stabilisation.
13% alcohol, 6.7 g/l total acidity, 3.29 pH.
Australian Wine Annual 2009
A stylish and contemporary chardonnay...Excellent balance and focus.
This has it all...Very classy wine.
Nectarine, melon and citrus aromas of good intensity and richness are enhanced by the complexing effect of balanced quality oak.
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