Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Modern wines from old vines. Hay Shed Hill Vineyard was planted to vine in 1973, right at the heart of the acclaimed Willyabrup triangle at Margaret River, during the early pioneer days of local viticulture. Hay Shed Hill can now boast of fully mature vines, yielding small amounts of noble varietal grapes which have established the reputation of Margaret River as a world class winegrowing region. Vinified to world's best practice, the Chardonnay of Hay Shed is characterful and charming, resonating with the essence of a truly wonderful site.
A product of exclusively free run juices from the old vine Gin Gin clone Chardonnay , the very highest in quality with the most intense fruit expression and the lowest in undesirable phenolic skin characters. Clear juices are fermented in French oak barriques, a third of which are new, the balance being one, two and three years old. Following vinification, the wine is matured in the same barriques for a further ten months. No lees stirring or malolactic fermentation is employed, the intent being to preserve and to retain freshness and purity of fruit. The objective is to construct a wine which expresses the character of a superb vineyard within an elegant and restrained style which drinks vibrantly and fresh.
Fresh green tinges within a pale straw colour. Aromas of cut pear and honey dew melon with some zesty citric notes. A very clean nose exhibiting clarity and definition of primary fruit without any overt wood or buttery characters. Fresh and lively with crisp acidity complementing vibrant flavours of stonefruit, melons and citrus. A restrained style offering an extended palate and identifiable Margaret River regionality, finishing clean and bright.