2018 Eagle Bay Series Chardonnay
The Eagle Bay Chardonnay is produced from small, very select parcels of Margaret River fruit chosen to be the Best of the Best and to showcase true chardonnay varietal and regional wine qualities.
Due to our strict fruit quality criteria, production of Eagle Bay Series Chardonnay is extremely limited to only a few hundred dozen. Each bottle is individually numbered to ensure its uniqueness.
Margaret River had abundant winter and spring rainfall, but little or no rain from November until mid-March, with significant rainfall over three days. More relevantly, it was the worst year for birds on record due to a combination of bushfires and no marri blossom. Yields were very low due to poor flowering and fruitset; chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon were standouts.
The makeup of this Margaret River Chardonnay is of the Dijon clone 96, which has been of high fruit quality in this region. The fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed which allowed the winemakers to make minimal additions during the first stages of the production process. The juice was transferred to a selection of new and one year old French oak Barriques for a slow cool fermentation with wild yeasts.
Strong lemon rind and squeezed pith are at the height of the aromatic profile. Beyond this strikes light toasted bread and nuts, vanilla custard, spice and hints of cracked seashells. The palate is full and coating but balanced with a long acidity. Subtle stone fruit is complemented by a light char on the finish, while some yeasty notes help complete this complex wine.
- Region:Margaret River
- Alc / Vol:13.0%
- Optimal drinking:Now until 2028
GOLD medal at 2019 Australian Small Winemakers Show (55.5/60 points)