The chardonnay vineyard at Victory Point was planted in 2001 and has never been irrigated.
Approximately one third of the vineyard is planted with the Gin Gin clone and the remaining two thirds evenly spread between the Dijon clones 76, 95, 96 & 277.
The 2018 vintage in Margaret River presented us with close to ideal growing conditions for wine grapes. The temperatures and rainfall were remarkably close to average for the season. It was very typical of Margaret River’s Mediterranean climate with a cool, wet winter and a mild, dry summer.
The rain which fell in December was well timed, filling soil profiles leading into veraison. Over January the Marri blossom was out in all its glory, which kept bird pressure at a minimum. The dry conditions meant the fruit was in perfect condition and picking decisions were able to be made to optimise quality. All of the chardonnay fruit for our wine was picked on 22nd February 2018.
A blend of 60% Gin Gin clone and 40% Dijon clones, the hand picked fruit is whole bunch pressed and then 100% barrel fermented. Fermentation was partially wild and 12% malolactic fermentation occurred. Barrel fermentation on lees and batonnage were employed to enhance texture. The wine was matured in French oak barriques, 42% new, for ten months. Alc 13%
Pear, peach, apple, grapefruit, mineral with oak matured derived aromas of brioche, nougat and smoky vanilla. The palate is both lithe and concentrated with mouth-watering citrus, mineral, cinnamon pear, white stone fruit and toffee notes with great persistence of flavour.