SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2021
The 2021 SRS Chardonnay shows lovely lifted fruit together with some delicate savoury notes from solids and wild ferment. Grapefruit, white peach and dried pear give way to barrel ferment and funky match stick complexities. Fine fruit flavours in line with a cooler vintage, wild barrel ferment and subtle sulphides contribute a delicious savoury oyster shell/saline character on the palate, giving the wine greater complexity and overall purity. This modern style ultimately complements many Australian food flavours, particularly seafood.
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.
This beauty is already winning a huge amount of acclaim - Halliday Top 100 Wines 2020, 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