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2012 Chardonnay

2012 Chardonnay
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“Pale straw-green; grapefruit/citrus fruit is the outer layer of the wine; inside are white peach/stone fruit flavours and largely inside these two layers are the oak and some nutty touches associated with that oak.” - James Halliday

This wine combines traditional methods with fantastic natural fruit intensity for aromatic complexity and a fine, textured palate.

Pale straw with lime hues.
Fresh lime, lemon curd, cashew nuts and honeysuckle.
A fresh youthful palate with flavours of lime, pear and grapefruit. Hints of gunflint and marzipan add to the wines complexity and are balanced by a finely focused, bright, chalky acidity leading to a great persistence of flavour.
100% chardonnay.
Drink now to 2026.
Food Pairing Notes
Margaret River marron (fresh water crayfish) halved and BBQ’d, dressed with a lime and chive beurre blanc.
The Vineyard
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 due to its small berries, abundance of flavour and high natural acidity.
The Season
The 2012 vintage was noted by above average summer temperatures and average rainfall. What resulted was a steady ripening period leading up to a hot January and an early start to the harvest. Mild temperatures throughout February and March ensured fruit harvested in perfect condition and completed by early April prior to heavy late April rains.
Hand-picked bunches were traditionally pressed 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 2012. The wine was bottled in November 2012, after stabilisation in tank.
13% alcohol, 7.2 g/l total acidity, 3.2 pH.

The Australian Wine Annual 2014

Jeremy Oliver

A fine contemporary chardonnay able to carry plenty of fruit but also to reveal a very tight balance. Scented with a spicy bouquet of fresh peach, grapefruit, nectarine and sweet vanilla oak, it also unfolds nuances of cloves, cinnamon and a fresh floral note. Very long and elegant, its restrained peach/grapefruit flavours and new fine-grained oak combine with remarkable focus and freshness, finishing quite savoury with a briny, mineral aspect.

Australian Wine Companion 2014

James Halliday

Pale straw-green; grapefruit/citrus fruit is the outer layer of the wine; inside are white peach/stone fruit flavours and largely inside these two layers are the oak and some nutty touches associated with that oak. Since all the layers are translucent, the net result is a fruit-driven Chardonnay of considerable elegance.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2014

Ray Jordan

This is a chardonnay that is all about refinement and classic lines. It has tremendous fruit intensity and a dab of winemaking influence. The result is a wine of elegance that sustains its long finish with an enticing mix of grapefruit and meal, and a subtle white peach influence. Lovely texture and a keen mineral edge.

David Prestipino, The Sunday Times

David Prestipino

The new-release wines from this Margaret River producer are typically consistent and outstanding, the chardonnay always exemplary. Sweet, tightly woven palate, gently poised with mineral-like purity, sprinkled with white stonefruit, fresh lime and lychee.

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