Rosabrook Margaret River Wines


2009 Chardonnay

Makers Notes

The colour is pale green to luminous straw. The aroma is lifted attractive melon fruits – not overripe but with some power – with hints of nectarine fruit lifting over a subtle vanillin oak background. The palate is dry and medium bodied, the wine has fine initial Chardonnay flavours that lead to a generous and very crème caramel middle, quite textured and structured without being aggressive and has a fine acid-persistent finish with oak, adding a subtlety of flavours and complexity to a fine wine.

Vintage Notes

After a cool wet spring and early onset of summer, the 2009 vintage in Margaret River was relatively free of weather issues, rain and temperature extremes. There was a clear break between whites and reds. There was a week of lower than average temperatures where all varieties slowed significantly and there was some fear of a repeat of 2006, however, a remarkable period of fine warm weather during late March and three weeks of April saw all areas bring fruit to good maturities.

Vineyard Notes

Drawn exclusively from the Clearwater vineyard, on a fine north sloped aspect in Jindong, Margaret River. Soils are gravels in a fine loamy matrix and a simple low vigour vertical trellis.

Vinification Notes

Grapes were crushed, destemmed and must chilled and the juice was soft pressed, clarified and then fermented using natural yeasts. During the fermentation, 15% of the wine was barrel fermented. On completion of fermentation, the wine was re blended with the oaked portion, clarified and held cold prior to bottling.

Vintage Information

Total Acidity6 g/L
Residual SugarDry
Wine MakersBrian Fletcher
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