2016 is a very strong Chardonnay vintage in Margaret River. Despite a very warm January and generally early picking dates, the fruit largely had great flavour and amazingly vibrant acid levels.
The fruit is from a single site, the Tassel Park Vineyard in the Treeton sub-region of Margaret River. This tiny 0.37 Ha vineyard is unusual in that it's interplanted with both the classic WA gin gin clone and the Burgundian 277 clone. The gin gin affords great fruit weight and texture while the 277 has great acidity and mineral line. The vineyard faces south and is planted on deep silver-grey sands. The picking date is generally very late on average with comparison to the rest of the region.
The grapes were harvested by hand on 20th February and whole bunch-pressed directly to new, one- and two-year-old puncheons, with no settling or fining processes. This juice was then carefully monitored and spontaneous fermentation kicked off on day three after pressing. After a four-week ferment (which is relatively slow) the wine remained on gross lees un–sulphured until November of that year. At this stage the wine was emptied from barrel, settled, filtered and bottled.
It's a spectacular site this one, making spectacular white wines. We love this Chardonnay and could likely drink it all. It’s just a little slutty but with oodles of personality, and an upper-class accent from very expensive oak rounds it out nicely. – Julian Langworthy, Nocturne
Marzipan, struck match, quince and lavender-like florals with an edge of funk. Cashew, white peach, cinnamon, pear and lime flavours with a divine texture, powerful yet effortless, salivating seaspray-like finish. Super wine. -
Gabriel Soltys, CellarHand