2015 is the best Chardonnay vintage we have experienced in Margaret River. Despite a very warm January and generally early picking dates, the fruit largely had great flavour and amazingly vibrant acid levels. This is a 100% single-site wine from the Tassel Park Vineyard in the Treeton subregion of Margaret River. This tiny 0.37Ha vineyard is interplanted, somewhat unusually, with Western Australia’s classic gin gin clone and the Burgundy 277 clone. The gin gin affords great fruit weight and texture while the 277 has great acidity and mineral line. The vineyard is south-facing and is planted on deep, silver-grey sands. The picking date is generally very late compared to the rest of the region.
The fruit was handpicked on 22nd February and whole bunch-pressed directly to one new and one two-year-old puncheon, with no settling or fining processes. This juice was then carefully monitored and spontaneous fermentation kicked off on day three after pressing. After a five-week ferment the wine remained unsulphured on gross lees until November of that year. It did not undergo malolactic fermentation. At that stage the wine was emptied from barrel, then settled, filtered and bottled.
It’s a spectacular site this one, making spectacular white wines. It’s generous in flavour and has oodles of personality. That vibrant acidity chimes clear as a bell and an upper class accent from very expensive oak rounds it nicely. Baumé: 12.2; Alcohol: 13%; pH: 3.3; Total acidity 8.1g/L - Julian Langworthy