2016 THOMPSON ESTATE CHARDONNAY
2016 Thompson Estate Chardonnay
- Winestate "Best of the West" Tasting 2017 - 4 Stars Equal Top in Catagory
Elegant pale/medium straw with brilliant clarity and a subtle green edge. An array of lifted peach, nectarine stone fruits, lemon/lime citrus, and cinnamon/clove spice with hint of nutmeg and Nougat. A slight wild ferment funk gives an element of depth and richness to the nose. Rich vibrant palate with a soft, seductive creamy texture, and exquisite white stone fruit flavours fill the mouth. Well integrated, supple oak and persistent, tight yet seamless acid lines linger on resulting in a crisp, clean, captivating finish.
With a combination of tender machine and handharvesting the fruit was chilled, gently pressed, cold settled and transferred to French oak barriques. Fermentation was initiated by a combination of natural yeasts from the vineyard and specially selected yeast strains. Each batch was left on lees for 8 months during maturation with regular battonage before blending, filtering then bottling.
Geographical Indication: Wilyabrup, Margaret River
Variety: Chardonnay 100%
Alcohol: 13.5 % v/v
Residual Sugar: <1.8g/l
Harvest Date: 2 February 2016
Oak Maturation: French Oak – 8 months
Bottling Date: 13 December 2016
Cellaring Potential: 10 years