Trophy for Best Exhibition Wine at the Margaret River Wine Show 2015. Trophy for Single Vineyard Dry Wine White at the National Wine Show of Australia 2014.
A mild spring and relatively dry growing season provided good flowering and excellent fruit set. The warmer weather saw flavour ripening accelerate and many wines were picked earlier than normal in order to retain acidity and fresh aromatics. All of the fruit for this Chardonnay is from Block 2 of our Stevens Road Vineyard, which is situated on the Boodjidup Brook about 3km from the winery. Fruit from this mature, low yielding vineyard has consistently produced some of our best Chardonnay each vintage. The pedigree of the vineyard deserves recognition in its own right, so much so, that we have decided release the best barrels as a ‘Single Vineyard’ wine. Limited to only 200 dozen, the 2012 Stevens Road Chardonnay recognises the outstanding quality that this individual vineyard has the ability to produce, and highlights the unique personality of this special site.
The bouquet of this elegant Chardonnay displays white peach and pear characters with underlying hints of grapefruit and nougat.
The tightly coiled palate is medium bodied offering white fleshed nectarine and zesty preserved lemon flavours. The purity of fruit shines through, along with texture derived from lees stirring. The characteristic ‘Stevens Road minerality’ adds a subtle quartz and oyster-shell detail to the wine. The delicate fruit and layers of complexity of this fine boned wine are augmented with a bright acidity and combine together to focus on a crisp, lingering fruit finish.
The Gin Gin clone Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% natural fermentation in select French oak barriques (approx. 35% new oak). Barrels were lees stirred regularly throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The best barrels were selected for the final blend, which was put together in November 2012.