SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2012
After overnight cold storage the fruit was whole bunch pressed and sent straight to French oak barrels. Juice lees from machine harvested fruit was then added to get turbidity’s up around 400-800 NTU, the wine was then left to undergo wild ferment. The secret to successful wild ferment is high turbidity juices and low alcohols. MLF was blocked; I believe Margaret River Chardonnay has enough texture; MLF often thickens the wines and interferes with the fruit purity. The 2012 SRS Chardonnay was barrel fermented in French oak, 40% new, the remainder being two and three year seasoned wood. The wines were left on lees, however the lees were not stirred, again in warm years the wines have enough texture and flavour.
The 2012 is the third vintage produced under the Flametree SRS label. The 2012 SRS Chardonnay is a more powerfully built wine than the previous two vintages and shows the fruit flavour synonymous with the great Margaret River Chardonnays. Plenty of dried pear, citrus and stone fruit flavours are combined with savoury notes from the wild solids ferment. These fruit flavours are supported by subtle French oak. The SRS Chardonnay has some complex sulphides in the struck match or popcorn spectrum. These sulphides give the wine a lovely savoury or saline character that complements modern food flavours particularly well. After 10 months in the finest French oak the wine was fined with milk, filtered and bottled in January 2013.
AWARDS / REVIEWS
- 96 Points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine 2013
- 95 Points - Ray Jordan, West Australian Wine Guide 2014
- 95 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2014
- 95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front 2013
100% Margaret River Chardonnay.
This Chardonnay will improve over and up to 8 years.