Woodlands ‘Wilyabrup Valley’ Chardonnay 2020 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...grapefruit, nougat, spice..."
2020 produced excellent wines, albeit in very low quantities. Winter was classic with good rainfall, and spring was generally moderate, however in October there was some significant hail, which led to a yield reduction of around 10-20%. Summer was hot and dry, similar to 1980, with almost no rain falling, further reducing yields and concentrating flavours.
Harvest of the Woodlands Chardonnay was swift – beginning on the 6th and completed by the 21st February. Once harvested and in the winery, the fruit was sorted and gently destemmed before being pressed. A small portion of this wine was also pressed as whole bunches, which we feel adds finesse.
Natural fermentation went well, with some barrels also undergoing malolactic conversion in barrel. Following primary fermentation, 60 percent of the wine was transferred to tank, to retain freshness. In November 2020 the wine was all racked together,light filtered, and bottled.
The colour of this wine is an intense pale. The nose shows Wilyabrup’s classic ripe white peach, toasty barrel ferment notes, as well as hints of pineapple and pink grapefruit. The palate entry is delicate, with fresh fruit evident but also notes of grilled cashews. The finish is fine and racy, with an almost saline freshness.