Tasting Note

2014 ‘Tough Love’ Margaret River and Porongurup Chardonnay

Varieties

100% Chardonnay

Region

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

Hand picked and whole bunch pressed; full solids and wild ferments; 56% tank fermented, 44% barrel ferment in new (16%) and used (28%) puncheons; 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 for its line and finesse. 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 are usually low at under 4t/ha and we tend to pick with an eye on acid, making sure we get ripe fruit but balanced acid and long fine structures. The 2014 vintage was an outstanding chardonnay season growing fruit with finesse, fine acidity and classy length. The Karridale component from Margaret River has a citrus and honeydew melon spectrum with a long acid backbone. The Porongorup component is fine delicate and near Riesling-like with a crystalline focus and purity. Line and length in this wine is paramount.

The ferments start naturally in unclarified juices, which builds flesh, texture and complexity when matched with outstanding quality chardonnay fruit. The 2014 vintage has delivered a Tough Love chardonnay with its classic line and length displaying lime, grapefruit and melon, funky solids complexity of hazelnuts and almonds in the midpalate and subtle oak adding creaminess and toast. This is our best Tough Love yet.

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