Brookland Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2018
- Rich, full
- Margaret River
Brookland Valley has one of the earliest chardonnay harvests in all of Margaret River. They meticulously check the grapes and pick when they are just ripe, avoiding any late season heat that can lead to flabby wines. The flavour is still all there, but it lives within a structure and purity that can be lost with overripe grapes.
This is the famous Gingin clone of chardonnay, taken from a single block in Wilyabrup, an area that is home to many of Marg’s greatest wineries. The fruit is gently handled, fermented with wild yeast, and left on lees for ten months in 40% new French oak.
The finished wine is quite aromatic with lemon custard and baking bread on the nose. The palate is meticulous with orange rind, lemon, cream, hazelnuts and apparent yet well-integrated oak. There’s a stunning elegance to the wine, making it approachable now but perfect for cellaring for a few years.
“Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild yeast fermentation in French oak (40% new), matured for 10 months. The impact of oak is less than expected, indirectly pointing to selection of the best fruit from the estate vineyard. It has the same balance as that of its sibling.”
Full price $75.00 from the producer.
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- Margaret River
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- 100% Chardonnay
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Margaret River is as elusive as it is beautiful, such that you really need to visit to truly grasp its haunting beauty. Über-premium Cabernet, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends grow here. 'Margies' only produces 3% of the country's grapes, but commands over 20% of its premium wine market, and hasn't had an off vintage since 2006. You start to realise how often this region is overlooked when you can list brands like Leeuwin, Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, and Voyager, not to mention Cullen, Pierro, Moss Wood, and Deep Woods. It's safe to say that it's time for a revisit.
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