Tasting Note

2012 ‘Corduroy’ Single Vineyard Karridale Chardonnay

Varieties

100% Mendoza Clone Chardonnay.

Region

Karridale, Margaret River

Chardonnay is the pinnacle of white wines in Margaret River and we love the finesse and natural acidity in chardonnay from the Karridale sub-region. Higher rainfall and humidity means there is less moisture stress down here. Cooler days and nights preserve natural acidity and finer, more complex fruit flavours.

This vineyard has an excellent track record with chardonnay and we have been working with the owners since 2003. There is an obsessive attention to detail that delivers pristine hand picked fruit perfect for whole bunch pressing. After chilling in a cold room overnight we press the whole clusters of chardonnay direct to barrel: no clarifying, no acid added, no yeast. The natural ferment kicks off as the juice warms. The oak is 500L French oak puncheons (35% new) which better integrate the oak characters, respect the fruit and look way cool. After 10 months on full lees in oak the wine is bottled.

The 2012 Corduroy Chardonnay is our first Single Vineyard Chardonnay form Karridale and shows the class and poise expected from this vineyard. I like the nose: melons, touch of grapefruit, whiff of gunsmoke, hint of hazelnut and a suggestion of spicy white flowers. The palate has typical richness, flavor and presence without being cloying. The fine fruit profile is supported by subtle classy oak and drives through the finish. An alluring seductive chardonnay to impress and reconvert.

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