SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2019
Citrus oil, floral notes, dried pear and grapefruit aromas are well supported by subtle French oak. The palate is textured yet fine, finishing dry and savoury; this is a direct result of wild ferments with turbid juices. Drink as a young wine or cellar in the medium term. A classic cooler vintage Margaret River Chardonnay that drinks well now or can be cellared in the short to medium term.
After overnight cold storage the fruit was whole bunch pressed into French oak puncheons before undergoing full wild yeast fermentation. To achieve a portion with high grape solids we rotated the press after filling. The key to successful wild fermentation is the use of high turbidity juices, minimal sulphur dioxide, low alcohols and juices with good nutrient content. The SRS Chardonnay was barrel fermented in 40% new French puncheons and then aged for 9 months. The 2018 vintage didn’t require any lees stirring or MLF, we believed the wine to have ample texture and complexity.
This beauty is already winning a huge amount of acclaim - 98 points from Huon Hooke, Top Gold Chardonnay at the 2020 Perth Royal Show, Trophy for Best Chardonnay and Most Outstanding White Wine of the Royal Adelaide Show. So many other fanstatsic reviews and awards, so grab it before it runs out!
100% Margaret River Chardonnay
Drinking well now or cellar 5-10 years