Margaret River Icon Chardonnay 2016
About The Wine
This awesome oaked Margaret River Chardonnay 2016 was barrel fermented and then spent 8 months in new French oak barrels. The wine displays rich fruit flavours of melon, peach and green citrus notes combined with integrated oak creaminess on the palate. The wine is elegant and refined and will age spectacularly with increased intensity and oak flavours.
Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:
This is a stunning barrel fermented 2016 Chardonnay. With a total maturation of 8 months in barrel. Succulent aromas of nectarine, peach and suggestions of tropical pineapple are enhanced by the sweet vanillin barrel character. The Malolactic fermentation together with a tight acid structure ensure great texture, flavour and longevity. The oak integration is amazing together with the fresh flavours of peach and melon and fine citrus flavours. This is a Chardonnay that is going to get better and better with age This is exceptional value at $15.00 per bottle.
My Score 94/100 WACC Gold Medal.
About The Producer
The winery that produced this fantastic Margaret River Chardonnay 2016 is a very small family operation. The winery itself was established in 1985 and all wines produced are from single vineyard fruit. A winery this small hand picks the grapes and put a lot of love into the finished product. We are very lucky to be given a small parcel of this magnificent oaked Chardonnay.
About the region:
Margaret River is the major geographical indication wine region in southwest Western Australia, with 5,017 hectares under vine and 215 wineries as at 2012.Margaret River wine region is made up predominately of boutique size wine producers; although winery operations range from the smallest crushing 3.5 tonne per year to the largest around 7000 tonne. The climate of Margaret River is more strongly maritime-influenced than any other major Australian region. It has the lowest mean annual temperature range, of only 7.6C, and for good measure has the most marked Mediterranean climate in terms of rainfall, with only 200 millimeters of the annual 1160 millimeters falling between October and April. The low diurnal and seasonal temperature range means an unusually even accumulation of warmth. Overall the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage. Although the region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, it produces over 20 percent of Australia’s premium wine market. The principal grape varieties are fairly evenly split between red and white; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Banc, Sémillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin blanc and Verdelho.