Jilyara 'Heath Road' Chardonnay 2019 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...lemon curd, peach, cashew..."
JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 5 STAR WINERY
A family-owned and operated vineyard in Wilyabrup, Margaret River. Planted in 1996 by the Cotterell family, the nine hectare vineyard grows predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit is managed by hand and owner Craig Cotterell does all the vineyard work himself to ensure a sound and disease-free vineyard. Craig has managed every aspect of the vineyard since the beginning and strives to grow grapes of superior quality. Wines are made by Kate Morgan.
The grapes were harvested in the cool, early hours of the morning and transported directly to the winery. The fruit was then gently pressed to minimise phenolic pick up from the skins. After settling overnight, the juice was racked with a moderate amount of solids to a combination of new and old French oak barrels. The juice was wild fermented by yeast that naturally occur on the grape skins and in the winery. Some stirring was done towards the end of fermentation and periodically throughout maturation to build texture on the palate. Sulphur was added post fermentation to discourage malolactic fermentation and retain freshness. After 10 months in barrel the wine was blended, filtered and bottled.
Vintage 2019 was a long, cool vintage. It started off with a cooler than average spring and summer and this followed through vintage. Canopy management and attention to detail were key to getting fruit ripe and avoiding disease. Yields were low across the board. The results have been punchy aromatic whites, fine natural acidity, spicy shiraz and more elegant cabernets.
"Bright, light quartz-green; stone fruit (white peach and nectarine) lead the aromas and flavours that mark the variety, sustained by some nutty oak and lemony acidity." - 90 Points, James Halliday
"Bright straw in colour with stone-fruit, grapefruit, lemon blossom and spiced oak nuances on the nose. Fresh peach, zesty lemon curd, soft tannin and a crisp, natural acidity on the finish on the palate" - Winery Notes