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.
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.
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.
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.
|Total Acidity||6 g/L|
|Wine Makers||Brian Fletcher|