Tasting Note

2012 ‘Tough Love’ Karridale and Porongurup Chardonnay

Varieties

100% Chardonnay

Region

58% Karridale, Margaret River and 42% Porongurup, Great Southern

Hand picked and whole bunch pressed; full solids and wild ferments; 64% tank fermented, 36% barrel ferment in new (10%) and used (26%) barrels; aged on lees for 12 months in tank and barrel.

Chardonnay is the pinnacle of white wines in Margaret River and we love the Karridale region. It is also a rather unheralded hero in the Porongurup sub region of the Great Southern, the coolest region in WA. There were two outstanding vineyards used for this wine, one in each region.

Yields were low and we tend to pick with an eye on acid, making sure we get ripe fruit but balanced acid and long fine structures. The Karridale component from Margaret River has more richness in a citrus and honeydew melon spectrum. The Porongorup component is fine delicate and near Riesling-like with a crystalline focus and purity. Line and length is this wines strength.

The ferments start naturally in unclarified juices, which builds flesh and texture, hallmarks of cooler climate chardonnay. The 2012 Tough Love chardonnay is very youthful: a crisp dry mid palate of lime, melon and wet stone and with underlying flinty complexity. Long and elegant this is the chardonnay we love to drink and talk about. The fruit quality really shows in the length of flavour on the finish, a testament to the strict vineyard management required for top end chardonnay.

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