Calgardup Brook Chardonnay 2006
Fruit is sourced exclusively from the Calgardup Brook vineyard which is south of Witchcliffe. The Calgardup is a westerly flowing stream, hence the site is open to the sea breezes that are a significant influence on the vineyards of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge, the hills that connect the two Capes on the south and north extremes of the Margaret River wine region. Soils are deep, loamy gravels typical of valley bottoms and ideal for chardonnay which does best in moderately fertile and well protected sites. All vines on the McHenry Hohnen vineyards are grown on a single bilateral cordon with a vertically trained canopy. It is a simple and practical format that maximises light penetration and maintains a balanced vine.
Grapes are harvested in the cool of the night and following whole berry pressing, the primary fermentation is induced by the grapes’ natural yeasts. The complex and intriguing characters derived from these feral yeasts are enhanced by a partial malolactic fermentation and ageing the wine in contact with spent yeast cells. Fermentation is conducted primarily in older barrels, with a small percentage of new oak. The wine remains undisturbed, in barrels, until it is bottled.
Tasting Notes by Ray Jordan
This is an expertly crafted wine showing restraint and control that's been nicely focused on a long palate. There's richness which comes from some excellent fruit that's been worked with malolactic fermentation and a touch of wild yeast. Aromas show a lovely grapefruit and cereal character. The palate is perfectly balanced with a harmonious mix of fruit and oak seamlessly intergrated. The structure and mouth feel are superb with textural and lingering flavours strong features. Very classy wine.
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