2019 Bellarmine Chardonnay

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  • Another hero variety of the famed high quality cool climate region of Pemberton, our Chardonnay goes from strength to strength.
  • A lightly oaked style with subtle creamy mouthfeel from stirring on yeast lees and partial malo-lactic fermentation. It is complex yet elegant.
  • Exhibiting nectarine and green apple flavours, the palate is long and persistent with the slight spice of the French oak giving a delicious backbone.

 

92 Points, Angus Hughson, Winepilot  "..a gentle hand with oak has allowed the purity of the region’s cool climate chardonnay to shine through, although it needs a little time in the glass to come out of its shell. Bright mid straw, there are aromas of citrus, melon, mixed flowers and nougat with a dusting of spice from barrel ferment and maturation. It moves on to a generous palate that is wound up quite tight by tangy acidity, again oak just making a subtle impact. There is also an attractive savoury lees edge right on the finish that adds another layer to this finely crafted style. This wine is all about delicacy and detail so it will be best enjoyed with subtle seafood dishes."

 

WINE NOTES

Region: Pemberton, Western Australia
Drink Until: 2026
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Food Pairing: Barbecued seafood; Roast Chicken
Oak: 10% of the wine in 100% new French oak for 3 months. Colour: Straw

Nose: Stonefruit, nectarines, citrus aromas with subtle oak.
Palate: Complex palate with citrus, green apple and nectarine flavours. Subtle oak, tight acidity and a creamy texture with minerality, good length and persistence.
Style: Lightly oaked, medium bodied dry white wine.

BACKGROUND: The grapes are sourced exclusively from the Bellarmine vineyard in the high quality, cool climate region of Pemberton in South-Western Australia. The vineyard is at an altitude of 220 metres above sea level. Planted in 2000 by hand, the vines are trained to Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) to give optimum exposure of the fruit to sunshine during the ripening season which occurs from December to March. The soils are red gravel laterite soils which provide excellent drainage and give warmth to the vines' root systems at night from the sunshine the red gravel has absorbed during the daylight hours. This results in the Chardonnay being ready for harvest around March before too much rain comes in as Autumn progresses. Pemberton is renowned for Chardonnay vines that produce very high quality fruit in this cool climate region.

HARVESTED: 17th March 2019

WINEMAKING: Harvested in the cool of the night at optimum flavour levels as determined by the wine- maker regularly tasting the grapes, the fruit is harvested at optimum ripeness. The free run and pressings fractions are kept separate from each other and then the pressings are fined prior to being blended back in with the free run juice. The juice is cold settled for 48 hours then the clear juice is racked to a new tank away from the solids (“lees”) and is innoculated with a yeast to ensure a steady fermentation occurs and to optimise the natural characters present in the fruit. The fermentation is conducted at a temperature of ap- proximately 20 degrees. Fermentation and storage occur in stainless steel tank for most of the wine and 10-20% of the wine is barrel-fermented. The wine is stirred on yeast lees for many weeks to achieve a sub- tle creamy texture in the wine.

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