Margaret River and Chardonnay go hand in hand, but the expressions of this variety across the region are many and varied.
The Flowstone Chardonnay is from the southern reaches of the region, and is a more restrained and subtle wine than some of its more northern contemporaries.
Vineyard: From one single vineyard in Karridale, in the southern climes of Margaret River. This cooler part of the region gives flavours of pear and grapefruit, and more finesse and restraint to the palate. Ripening is later, and natural acids retained while varietal characters can develop. This vineyard is planted to the Dijon clones 95 and 96. The rows are planted north/south, and vine spacings are 3 x 1.5 m.
The 2016 season: A warm Spring lead to a healthy start to the season. A few Spring storms damaged some of the early growth, but this is the norm in this region. Vine growth was generally strong, and the vines healthy with a moderate crop.
A very unusual rain event in mid January, lead to 75 – 100 mm of rain over 2 days. This got most growers a bit edgy, as it could lead to vine disease. The balance of the season was long and mild.
As it turned out, the rainfall in the middle of the driest part of the year was a boon to most vines, giving them a mid-season boost. This has resulted in wines with remarkable intensity of flavour, and retention of good acid levels. Despite everyone being a bit edgy about the season, I have no doubt that it will be the 10th great consecutive vintage for Margaret River. We are spoiled.
Blend: 100% Chardonnay.
These grapes were hand harvested on the 24th of February, and whole fruit pressed to retain texture and delicacy. Fermentation was in French oak barrels, 20% of them new.
Following fermentation, mlf was allowed to start, and run through to completion. The wines stayed in these barrels for a further 11 months, with occassional stirring to suspend the lees. The wine was blended in March of the following year. The wine was minimally fined, filtered and bottled. The wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 24 months prior to being made available for sale.
The wine will officially be released in Junel 2019. It is currently available on line only.
Residual Sugar< 0.5g.lt