Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Brooks takes its name from the Chapman Brook Vineyard, established 1994 in the cooler southern half of Margaret River, a main source of Chardonnay for Cape Mentelle. This idyllic location, when combined with a restrained use of oak, best captures the freshness and vibrancy of Chardonnay, producing an appealing, generously flavoured fruit driven style, expressing pristine varietal characters, great concentration and intensity while exhibiting splendid balance.
Predominantly Mendoza or GinGin clone of Chardonnay, marked by a concentration of fruit characters and high natural acidity, is sourced from Chapman Brook Vineyard in the cooler Karridale sub-region. Most vines are cane pruned and vertical shoot positioned. Hand picked bunches are elevated into a membrane press. The pure free run juices are left to settle overnight before racking into Burgundian coopered French oak barriques for fermentation. Wines are treated to battonage and weekly top ups whilst maturing five months in barrel. Batches are individually assessed and those expressing a juicy, fruit driven flavour with restrained influence of oak are assembled into the final wine. Alcohol 13.0%
Pale straw colour with lime hues. Pear, white peach and lime rind feature on a complex nose, also exhibiting hints of soft nougat, sweet jasmine and sesame snap. Bright grapefruit, pear and lemon greet a delicately textured palate with subtle cashew and fluffy honeycomb present in the background. All elements are threaded together with lively and fresh citrus acidity. Will accompany crispy skinned chicken, goats curd pannacotta and celery hearts.