Woodlands 'Brook Vineyard' Chardonnay 2020 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...peach, citrus, cashew..."
Produced from a 7 hectare close-planted plot of selection massale Wenté (Mendoza) clone on the Woodlands second property, Brook Vineyard. Positioned on a gentle south facing slope, quite similar to the ‘Chloe’ block at Woodlands, with a soil profile of sandy loam over clay, and planted with a density of 2m between rows and 1.5 metre between vines. As the vines mature and their knowledge of the incoming fruit develops, this wine will mature in style.
For 2020 they used 300L hogs heads and 500L puncheons, all French, 35% being new and the balance one and two years old. The fruit was handpicked, whole bunch sorted and whole bunch pressed to barrel. Ferments went well with no yeast added, and some malolactic conversion occurred naturally in barrel. The wine remained in barrel for a total of 10 months before being filtered and bottled in November 2020.
"Pale straw colour, the nose is fine, delicate, with aromatics of white peach, nectarine, white flowers, notes of rock melon and orange zest, and a touch of barrel ferment struck flint. The palate is fine yet powerful, with a dense entry and rich middle palate of ripe orchard fruits, brioche, and some grapefruit. The finish is long and bright, with a touch of phenolic grip. Looking for purity and precision, and made without artefact and additions, a wine that expresses its site."