2013 THE SPECIALIST CHARDONNAY
2013 The Specialist Chardonnay
The 2013 “The Specialist” Chardonnay is the culmination of Bob Cartwright’s extensive experience in making top Australian Chardonnays, with 27 vintages of Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay, together with the consummate technical skill and quiet determination of Paul Dixon who worked for years with Virginia WIllcock at Vasse Felix. The fruit was carefully selected from 18 year-old Mendoza clone Chardonnay vines on Thompson Estate’s Wilyabrup property. The top fruit from the best rows was hand-picked at optimal ripeness but high acid levels, barrel fermented with prolonged solids contact and matured in 100% new oak over 10 months with occasional lees stirring to add texture and complexity. The oak barrels were carefully selected Alliers forest barriques crafted to Thompson Estate’s specifications by the St Martin Tonellerie in Bordeaux. Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged.
Elegant pale/medium straw with brilliant clarity and a subtle green edge. Complex bouquet of lemon curd, fresh cut yellow peach, dried pear, with hints of spicy French oak, cinnamon and sandalwood, and delicate toasted cashew. Creamy, seamless palate with elegant mouthfeel, well retained acid, attractive minerality, multiple layers of primary fruit and barely perceptible well integrated oak influence with impressive persistence.
Geographical Indication: Margaret River
Variety: Chardonnay 100%
Residual Sugar: <2.0 g/l
TA: 8.4 g/l
Harvest Date: 13 February 2013
Oak Maturation: 100% New French Oak - 10mnths
Bottling Date: 29 January 2014
Cellaring Potential: 15 years