Woodlands 'Brook Vineyard' Chardonnay 2018 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...peach, citrus, cashew..."
Named after the meandering brook that runs alongside the property, the Woodlands Brook vineyard was purchased in 2008 with the aim to plant more Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Cabernet was planted first, and when the fruit was mature it was blended with the existing Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot to create ‘Clémentine’.
Before the Woodlands Brook Cabernet Sauvignon was firmly established the vineyard team began a 7 hectare close-planted plot of selection massale Chardonnay on the south facing slope of Woodlands Brook.
Chardonnay at Woodlands Brook resides on a gentle south facing slope similar to the ‘Chloe’ block at Woodlands - sandy loam over clay soils provides the perfect environment for the vines to flourish. Over the first two vintages the fruit started to produce wines of delicacy and distinction.
The 2018 growing season was a viticulturists dream! Near-perfect fine conditions persisted throughout the region from mid-December all the way through to the end of harvest. The resultant fruit produced wines of exceptional flavour, and robust acidity.
On the 20th February the fruit was hand-picked and sorted before being pressed straight to barrel (65% new, all French). The juice underwent fermentation without any additions. After fermentation, 85% of the wine remained in barrel on lees for a further 8 months, whilst the remainder was transferred to stainless steel. Two thirds of the wine went through malolactic fermentation.
This wine has soft and graceful strokes, eliciting imagery of a lazy picnic on a sun-soaked afternoon. Rockmelon and white peaches are encased in a delicate perfume of honeysuckle and jasmine. On the palate grapefruit, toasted almonds and a trace of honey create the perfect balance between acidity and oak. Soft, creamy, and with a defined finish of texture and purpose. - Winery Notes