Sourced entirely from the Grace & White Vineyard in Cowaramup, this contemporary chardonnay exhibits all the hallmarks of the cool South West. Lifted stone-fruit and apple flavours are balanced by subtle lees and hints of smoky oak. Cellar confidently – this wine will develop beautiful toasty characters over time.
Paul Conti Wines Margaret River 2016 chardonnay
Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, 25% fermented and matured in new French oak for 4 months. The varietal definition is not in question; the oak plays a support role for texture and flavour alike, leaving it to white peach, nectarine and melon to do the heavy lifting. Crisp, citrussy acidity freshens and lengthens the finish. An A-grade bargain. Rating: 92 points Cellaring: to 2024. James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2018
Vineyard: The 2018 Margaret River Chardonnay is made from Clone 5 fruit (with a small portion of Gin Gin) grown on The Grace & White vineyard in Cowaramup. Gravelly limestone soils enhance the fresh acidity and life in this wine, assisted by added body and ample apple and stone-fruit characters.
Harvest: Fruit was hand-harvested and gently whole-pressed with 25 per cent fermented in new French oak.
Winemaking: The hand-harvested fruit was chilled overnight before whole bunch pressing. A portion was transferred to new French oak where fermentation began. The remainder was fermented in stainless steel. Both components were left on lees for several months to build middle palate structure before bottling and blending.
Nose: This medium-bodied, stylish chardonnay exhibits stone-fruit and hints of oak on the bouquet.
Palate: The palate is fresh and lively now, and will develop toasty characters as the wine matures.
Food: Ideally suited to fresh shell-fish & grilled seafood or lightly sauced white meats.
Cellaring: Inviting now, the wine will develop further complexity with careful cellaring in the medium term (2-5 years).
|Dimensions||9 × 9 × 30 cm|