Welcome to the summer 2007 newsletter from Victory Point.
In this newsletter we are officially releasing the 2006 Chardonnay.
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2007 Summer as it should be in
It has been a dry, warm summer in Margaret River and at this stage the 2007 vintage is looking exceptional.
We did however, have a little unexpected rain in January which was much appreciated by our thirsty unirrigated vines. Consequently vine health and vigour, for this time of year, have never been better.
Overall it has been a great summer and the prospect is for a great vintage. The chardonnay grapes are already in the winery and tasting good. As always, all grapes are hand picked and we hope to have all varieties at optimal ripeness and picked within weeks.
As many of you will remember, 2006 was a record cool year in Margaret River – testing the summertime plans of many holidaymakers in the region.
We can recall some colourful comments made by our consultant, Keith Mugford, regarding the weather. The only publishable one being that, “we’re heading into unchartered waters” with the unprecedented long run of mild weather. His quiet prediction at the time, that 2006 could be an excellent vintage for those vineyards which achieved full ripeness and maintained disease free grapes has now been justified.
The attention to detail in the vineyard by our manager, Bill Darnell and his team, through leaf plucking, vine training and continuous canopy management meant the ripeness specification of 12.8 Baume was achieved. This indicator, together with tasting the grapes determined the picking date of 21st March, 2006.
The 2006 vintage is made up of approximately 33% Mendoza clone with the balance being even proportions of the Burgundian clones 76,95,96 & 277.
Due to a variety of weather factors, the yields were extraordinarily low. Whilst we celebrate the resulting intensity of flavours, production was very small.
To ensure as many people as possible get to try our wine we have packaged the Chardonnay in 6 packs.
The 2006 vintage was hand picked, then sent to the winery at Moss Wood for whole bunch pressing. During primary fermentation the lees were stirred (battonage) 2-3 times for the first week, then weekly through the primary fermentation period.
The wine was fermented and aged in 100% French oak from the Tonnellerie Remond – Troncais forest.
Keith’s tasting notes
Colour & condition
: a deep straw hue with green tints and the condition is bright.
: The nose is especially vibrant and shows primary fruit characters typical of the new Chardonnay clones. These are reminiscent of stone fruit and include aromas of nectarine and peach, as well as grapefruit, guava and loquat. There are toasty and roasted nut-like notes in the background, as well as an interesting touch of maltiness.
On the palate the wine displays classic Chardonnay style. The stone fruit flavours fill the front and mid palate with an almost sweet generosity and these are balanced by fresh acidity and grape tannins. The wine finishes with toasty oak and malt notes from barrel aging that give a long clean finish.
Overall, the wine displays the lively fruit characters and balance that are expected from a long, cool growing season like 2006 and it drinks very well as a young wine. However, those who choose to keep it will see it develop well in the cellar for at least 5 years.
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