2016 Passel Estate Chardonnay
Margaret River, WA
White pear, lime zest and custard apple perfectly balanced with fine bone tannin and creamy French oak textures.
- Region Margaret River
- Vintage 2016
- Type White Wine
- Variety Chardonnay
- Vintage Notes Margaret River experienced moderate to high rainfall throughout Winter, followed by a moderate Spring and even Summer temperatures with minimal rainfall, leading to healthy flowering and fruit set and a perfect ripening season in Vintage 2016. Another challenging year in terms of bird pressure, owing to a lack of marri blossom in surrounding bushland; which was kept under control with well-timed bird netting. Quality was high overall, with whites and reds displaying super-fine structure, impressive elegance and minerality. Crop yields were low, but the fruit performed beautifully, making this a vintage to be valued.
- Vineyard Notes Our Chardonnay vines are planted north-south, thus benefitting from even sunlight and warmth on either side of the canopy throughout the growing season. Meticulous canopy management with multiple passes to arrange and manipulate shoots and leaves, helps achieve our ultimate goal of dappled light, yielding the perfect balance of intense fruit flavours; fine texture; and structural natural acidity. The fruit is then covered with bird netting through to harvest.
- Winemaking Our Chardonnay fruit was harvested in the early hours of the morning, loaded into the press cold, and gently separated from its skins. The very slightly cloudy juice was cold settled for a day and then racked. Fermentation took place in French Oak barriques, 35% of which were new. Approximately 33% of the barrels were allowed to undergo Malolactic fermentation to aid in softening acidity and to introduce an additional textural component. The wine was then left to mature in barrel on its lees for 10 months, with bâttonage occurring every 2 weeks. It received a light fining prior to filtration and bottling.
- Tasting Notes Bright green in colour with mother of pearl flecks. An aromatic bouquet of freshly cut nectarines, jasmine and subtle hints of roasted cashews and ginger. Viscous textures of stone fruit and lemon curd introduce a pristine palate of white pear, lime zest and custard apple. Fine bone tannin and creamy French oak textures combine to deliver a powerful yet focused finish of quenching minerality and yet more strong fruit persistence.