2018 Stevens Road Chardonnay

$80.00
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This limited production single vineyard Chardonnay demonstrates our philosophy of selecting only the very best rows from the very best blocks on the property. Sourced from Block 2 of our Stevens Road vineyard, 3km down the road from the Xanadu winery in the Wallcliffe subregion, this wine offers a unique expression of the outstanding quality wine this special little vineyard is capable of producing. Producing some of our best Chardonnay, the pedigree of the Stevens Road vineyard deserves recognition in its own right and is bottled as this single vineyard wine.

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Viticulture

Chardonnay (100%)
2018
Margaret River
The growing season began with good, even budburst after average Winter rainfall. The mild Spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set. A moderate start to Summer, with no heat extremes, set up the harvest well with white varieties offering great flavour intensity and bright acidity. There was an incredible display of Marri blossom (tagged as a once in a generation ‘mega-blossom’) which meant bird pressure was practically non-existent whilst the whites were harvested. A minor rain event occurred in mid-March which was followed by fine, warm conditions that prevailed right through to middle of April, allowing all red varieties to achieve great flavour and tannin ripeness. In summary 2018 will be remembered as an outstanding vintage!

Tasting Notes

Pale Straw
The bouquet of this elegant yet striking Chardonnay offers white peach, lemonade citrus and frangipani floral notes with hints of quartz and river stone in the background.
The palate is medium bodied offering stone fruits and zesty citrus flavours. Textural yoghurty/nougat characters derived from lees stirring in barrel are well balanced by natural acidity and trademark Stevens Road minerality. Complex and intruiging, the wine finishes crisp and clean with persistent length of fruit.
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Winemaking

13%
750ml
3.07
The Gingin clone Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% natural fermentation in select French oak barriques (25% new). Barrels were lees stirred regularly throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. Only the best barrels were selected for the final blend which was put together in November 2018.

Professional Reviews

Gold Medal
Gold Medal
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Gold Medal
97
A fine, precise nose; this is all white stone fruit, sea salt, whiffs of exotic spice, and suggestions of green guava. The texture is incredibly fine – almost slippery – and the flavours are incredibly long. This is racy, too. Scintillating. And zero hard edges in this wine. Very restrained and very cool. Love this.