Chardonnay Pemberton Western Australia
Have Houghton got Wisdom? You bet, so sayeth Jack Mann, one of Australia's most significant, pioneering winemakers, that when wine reaches the state of sublime, there's no other on earth which can match it! Wisdom is just such a wine, fashioned exclusively from the finest parcels of Pemberton Chardonnay, hand picked from a single site, the very best of Houghton vineyards. A flagship wine of immense stature to accompany the perfect cheese souffle or freshly cooked crayfish, caressed by newburg and amontillado sauce.
One of the most mouthfilling Chardonnays to eventuate out of Pemberton, Wisdom has been recipient of the white wine equivelent to the Jimmy Watson trophy, an outstanding achievement. Chardonnay is hand picked into 10Kg picking buckets at varying levels of maturity, taken to the winery and chilled as whole bunches. Fruit is whole bunch pressed in small batches to capture and retain the maximum level of flavours. Houghton has been making wines in the same cellar since the 1850s and has built up it's own population of ambient yeasts. Juices are transferred to a selection of exclusively Burgundy coopered French oak barriques for indigenous yeast ferments and nine months ageing on lees.
Pale straw hue. Lovely complex aromas of peach and lemon citrus with nuances of lemon curd, walnut and oak spice. The palate is vibrant and full flavoured with abundant fruit characters. Finely textured with creamy complexity, derived from extended lees contact, a fine acid finish, bound in rich, creamy textures for a wine great length and exquisite balance.