Chardonnay Western Australia
Chardonnay grown to the cooler nethers of southwest Australia can stand alone, unwooded and unoaked, showing lifted aromas of pineapple and melon, nectarines and peach. Vines are stimulated by the unique maritime influence of the coastal regions into yielding grapes which express the hallmark characters that we know and love about west coast Chardonnay. Debut makes the grade, not least for it's vitality and freshness in a vivacious fruit driven styling, but also for its generosity of flavour, contemporary styling and exquisite balance.
Capel Vale can lay claim to some of the finest vineyards in the nation, one of the few major family owned wineries in Western Australia. The team's philosophy has always been to deliver intensely fruit driven, complex and powerful, yet elegant wines, from the fruit grown to those vineyards most suited to each grape variety. Chardonnay is harvested at optimum ripeness, grapes are crushed and destemmed, the musts are chilled and dejuiced. Batches are racked off into fermenters after three days of cold settling and introduced to aromatic yeasts. Vinification is halted early to retain the natural grape sugars, contributing body while enhancing vital fruit characters in the finished wine. Alcohol 13.5%
Straw yellow hues. Lifted tropical fruit aromas, pineapples and peach, apple and fresh cut melon. A clean, fresh mouthful of citrus and nectarine flavours on a textural Chardonnay palate exhibiting excellent depth and weight of cool climate fruit, culminating on a long and crisp finish. The wine of choice for baby snapper or baked eggplant and bolognaise with, fresh basil and ripe tomato.