Jilyara 'Heath Road' Chardonnay 2018 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...lemon curd, peach, cashew..."
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.
The 2018 vintage will go down as a classic, great all round year. Flowering and fruit set were also exceptional giving solid yields across WA. Some significant rain events in December set up the vineyard with good levels of ground water to see them through ripening. A relatively cool summer has allowed for slow, steady ripening of whites, retaining high levels of natural acidity. The moderate temperatures continued allowing for optimum ripening conditions for reds resulting in wines with elegance, structure and flavour.
"A light yellow in the glass with a nose that is both varietal and regional with white peach and nectarine joined by subtle flint and mealy notes. Apricot joins the stone fruit mix on the palate with a taut citrus baseline that will take some time to come into its own. One to give a few years in bottle." - 89 Points, Patrick Eckel
"A generous palate of lemon curd and yellow peach with creamy cashew/macadamia notes and well-integrated toasty oak. A fine citrus acid line drives the wine to a long, flavoursome finish."