2015 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 2015
- Type White Wine
- Variety Chardonnay
- Vineyard Notes Our Chardonnay vines are planted north-south, thus benefitting from even sunlight and warmth on either side of the copy 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.
- Winemakers Notes 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 25% 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 Pale straw in colour with a fresh green hue. An aromatic bouquet of freshly cut nectarines, zested orange, citrus blossom and cashews. The palate leads with focused white pear and bees wax flavours, with hints of vibrant grapefruit, strung together by a tensile acid core. The focus and elegance continues through the palate, with notes of white peach and crème brûlée lending a sumptuous edge to the sheer and long finish.