Tasting Note

2012 ‘Hallelujah’ Porongurup Chardonnay


100% Porongurup Chardonnay


Porongurup, Great Southern

The Porongurup sub-region of the Great Southern has long been the home of delicate, fine and mineral chardonnay, often overlooked in the search for the fantastic Riesling which is the hero of the Porongurups. Over the years of making Chardonnay from the Porongurups we have been convinced that the quality and style expressed from these vineyards is second to none in the state.

This comes down to the soils and meso-climate of the region. Geologically ancient and diverse, the complexity of gneiss, quartz and feldspar volcanic minerals is interspersed with the more widely spread lateritic “ironstone” gravels and ancient seabed sands mixed with shallow brown and grey loams. Approximately 40km north of the Southern Coast, there is a discernable continentality in the region with colder nights and warmer days, but still quite dry due to the rain shadow of the Porongurup Range itself.

The vineyard we have chosen (or has it chosen us…spooky) is a wonderful mix of beautiful dirts (mmmmm…), vine age (20 years old) and experienced management. Still owned and worked by those who planted the vines, not one leaf, cane or berry is out of place or substandard. Low cropping (2-4t/ha) really allows the terrior to shine.

Handpicked and whole bunch pressed, the 2012 Hallelujah Chardonnay is a real triumph for the vineyard. Grapefruit, citrus, nectarine stone, struck match are there with wet granite suggestions. But I love this palate: tight, zingy grapefruit and ripe limes, brioche, nuts and a layered mouthfeel. Excellent length with mineral complexity, subtle oak and wonderful balance. I need more.

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