Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Margaret River has earned a stellar international reputation for the most statuesque and refined Chardonnay. After decades of the most exacting standards in viticulture, Cape Mentelle is richly endowed with a peerless inventory of the most salubrious sites in the most excellent health, vines which yield harvests of Chardonnay grapes bursting with intense flavours. The Cape Mentelle style draws inspiration from traditional methods to produce a wine displaying aromatic complexity over a finely textured mouthfeel and long, clean finish.
Fruit is predominantly sourced from Cape Mentelle’s Chapman Brook Vineyard in the cooler south of Margaret River. Vines are cane pruned and vertical shoot positioned, the majority are Mendoza GinGin clone, which has proven to be particularly successful in Margaret River. Hand picked bunches are elevated to the Bucher membrane press and settled overnight. The next day, juices are racked into a high proportion of new, Burgundy coopered French oak barriques for vinification through the action of wild and added yeasts. The finished wine is matured nine months while being treated to a weekly top up and lees battonage. Only the best barrels are considered for the final wine.
Pale straw with lime hues. Grapefruit, pear and lime combine with lifted citrus and jasmine blossom along with fresh brioche. Citrus rind and grapefuit lead the palate to an overall fine yet textural journey. A distinctive minerally line is apparent with focussed refreshing acidity. Faint nuances of soft nougat and cashews add to what is a harmonious balance. Match with barramundi and white asparagus.