2020 Vinework Chardonnay


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Vinework presents the opportunity to experience a seasonal voyage from the vineyard to the glass – from growth to creation. Crafted in celebration of the hours spent walking amongst the vines, watching, tending, tasting – connecting with our growers and the region’s land. This range welcomes you to walk alongside us on this unique passage through the vineyards, exploring the individual blocks and batches brought together to create this story—a colourful, textural tale of the season and the soils.

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Chardonnay (100%)
Margaret River
Average Winter rainfall followed by a warm/dry Spring set up an early start to the growing season. Fruit set was variable, resulting in lower yields across most varieties. The warm Summer daytime temperatures combined with low yields saw harvest begin very early, at the end of January (one of our earliest ever) and all whites were harvested before the end of February. An incredible display of Marri blossom meant bird pressure was practically non-existent in the first half of vintage, and a short rain event after the white harvest offered some respite setting up the reds perfectly. Warm conditions continued throughout March, with all of the reds being harvested by the first week of April, our earliest ever harvest completion. In summary, 2020 will be remembered as an excellent vintage in Margaret River

Tasting Notes

Pale straw
The bouquet of this elegant, yet powerful Chardonnay offers poached pears and grapefruit with underlying hints of frangipani and nougat.
The palate is medium bodied displaying white fleshed nectarine, pome fruit and zesty citrus flavours. Taut and minerally, complimented by a lovely creamy texture derived from lees stirring whilst in barrel, the bright fruit and crisp acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a lingering fruit finish


Made entirely from Gingin clone, the fruit was whole bunch pressed and was all barrel fermented in select French oak barriques (19% new oak). Wild fermentation was encouraged on all of the components, in order to introduce more complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The final blend was put together in November 2021.

Professional Reviews

The aim here seems to have been to pick slightly early to retain acid and vibrancy. If that’s the case, it’s been done perfectly. Citrus melon aromas with a crunchy sweet nectarine influence. The palate displays lively fruit with a crunchy feel that extends to a long finish. Attractive wine for drinking in the next few years.
Pale and bright straw yellow with a lift of white nectarine and sawdust oak aromatics. Palate has good intensity throughout, grapefruit and peaches with a flint minerality underneath. It flows long and carries a smoky nut character into the finish.