Chardonnay Pemberton Western Australia
A fruit driven style supported by subtle oak ferments and Sur lie maturation, crafted by one of the Pemberton region's most conspicuous and artisanal family operated estates. Salitage retain traditional winemaking techniques, delivering complexity of aroma and flavour through clonal diversity, lees contact and French oak treatments. A style suited to those looking for full aromaticness and presence of palate in West Australian Chardonnay.
Elevated ironstone gravel soils and cool, even ripening temperatures contribute to a Chardonnay of great structural complexity and intense fruit flavours. A mix of five clones are harvested off estate vines, a quarter of the fruit is whole bunch pressed and the balance is destemmed prior to pressing. Cold settled clarified juices are processed as separate clonal batches, completely barrel fermented in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barriques from choice Burgundy cooperages. Upon completion, batches are sulphured to prevent any malolactic, Salitage remains in barrel on yeast lees fourteen months before assemblage and sterile filtration for bottling.
Mid straw in colour. The nose exhibits fruit aromas of citrus, stone fruits and melon, with oak spice and mealy characters derived from the barrel fermentation and lees contact. The palate is generous in flavour, underpinned by grapefruit acid. The finish shows understated oak and excellent fruit flavour and length.