2006 Chardonnay

Product Description

Three Gold Medals, 2007 Royal Melbourne, Royal Hobart, Margaret River Wine Shows. Aromas of poached pears intermingles with fresh lemon sorbet`.

Awards: Top Gold Medal, 2007 Royal Hobart Wine Show;Gold Medal, 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show; Gold Medal, 2007 Margaret River Wine Show; Silver Medal, 2007 Royal Perth Wine Show; Bronze Medal, 2007 Royal Adelaide Wine Show; 91 Points Ray Jordan 2007. 91 Points, James Halliday`s 2009 Wine Companion 90 points – Huon Hooke
Region: 100% Five Ashes Vineyard, Margaret River.
Colour: The wine has a youthful pale straw lemon colour.
Bouquet: Aromas of poached pears intermingles with fresh lemon sorbet`. Fermentation and maturation in French oak has afforded an attractive overlay of vanilla and a subtle spicy toastiness which compliments the fruit precisely. The cool year and associated high natural acidity enabled a high proportion of the chardonnay to go through malolactic fermentation- giving the pear and citrus fruits a subtle honey glaze.
Palate: The palate is elegant and restrained at this stage- with excellent mid-palate depth, a long lingering finish and an attractive minerality typical for Hamelin Bay. The wine will continue to improve for at least the next two to four years in the bottle.
Source: Five Ashes Vineyard, Margaret River
Vintage Characteristics: Cool year, with early rains.
Vinification: 100% barrel fermentation.
Cellaring Potential: Suggested best 2008 to 2011; Suggested maximum 2013.
Oak Treatment: Barrel fermented and matured for 10 months with fortnightly battonage in 33% new, 55% one year old and balance two year old French oak barriques.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with any seafood dish, especially those with cream or lemon based sauces.
Alcohol: 12.8%
Sweetness: Dry
Residual Sugar: 1g/L
pH: 3.21
Acidity: 6.44g/L
Harvest Date: April 2006
Bottling Date: March 2006