Chardonnay Frankland River Western Australia
West Cape Howe own and operate vineyards throughout the expansive viticultural precincts of Australia's largest winegrowing region. It is here at Great Southern that the balmy West Australian growing season and salubrious mix of terroirs, form mesoclimes which are heaven sent for good wine, while permutating into a diversity which favour specific grapes and styles. From choice blocks on the Russell Road Vineyard at Frankland River, a golden buttery, oak fermented Chardonnay, engaging as aperitif and perfect match to fine gourmandise.
The selection of site and quality of harvest, are such that the West Cape Howe team need take very little intervention to make great wine. Grapes are picked at full physiological ripeness to create a generously proportioned Chardonnay for enthusiasts who indulge in the big flavourful styles. Parcels are pressed into a selection of new and aged French oak barrels for twelve days of vinification at cooler temperatures, preserving delicate flavours while infusing textural richness. Upon completion, batches are treated to a regimen of regular lees stirring during eight months of maturation, half the barrels complete a course of full malolactic, adding complexity and contributing splendid mouthfeel.
Deep straw colour with a pale green hue. Intense combination of cashews and butter, honeycombs and stone fruit. Medium weight palate, rich creamy texture, peach and nectarine fruit flavours, perfectly complimented by secondary characters of honey and toasted nuts, culminating on a persistent, flavoursome finish.