The second vintage of this limited release Chardonnay. Single Plot DHJ1 is a site-specific expression that is truly unique. Grown on a tiny plot in the coolest pocket of our site in the Wallcliffe area, ‘J Plot’ sits between a tributary for the Boodjidup Creek and the vineyard dam, upon coarse ironstone gravel loam of the most vivid orange hue. The vines face south-east, receiving cooling influences from both the Indian and Southern Oceans, for gradual, gentle ripening. Virginia and her team were blown away by the jasmine floral scents, oyster-like salinity and a logic-defying limestone minerality, making for an outstanding parcel, too special not to share. Thus, its own bottling felt appropriate. As with all our Chardonnays, pure expression is at the core. With this in mind, a very deliberate choice was made to pair this wine with older, lighter oak to celebrate its elegance, finesse and searing natural acidity as a lighter-framed, pristine Chardonnay.
Please note a 6-bottle limit per customer applies.
A cool, winter-like spring saw vine growth delayed in development. Rainfall in October was significant. A dry and warm summer, with sustained warmth day and night through December, January and February, possibly influenced by another La Niña season, saw a rapid ripening period for all white varieties, with all vineyards harvested in little over a month. Fruit quality was excellent with surprising delicacy and elegance. A low yielding vintage, primarily due to spring conditions over the past two years. Warm and rapid veraison for whites in January was ideal and saw the Chardonnay’s desirable ripe flavours pronounce themselves quickly. Vine health remained fantastic, with fruit quality high and flavours concentrated.
Aromas of sliced pears, fresh peaches, crushed stone and dried lemon peel. Full-bodied. Rounded citrus and apple character on the palate with bright acidity and fresh, subtle mineral notes. Nuanced with lovely length. Very structured and tight with phenolic tension. This is the first vintage bottling. Gingin, Old Wente clone. Powerful. 200 cases made. Needs time to soften. Try after 2026. Screw cap. V21
This 2021 single vineyard Chardonnay, made only from Gingin clone, from the cooler Wallcliffe zone opens up with beautifully savoury aromas of chalk, and citrus backed by nougat barrel ferment complexity, laced with fine oak spice. There is then lovely purity and focus of fruit that is tightly wound, more chalky citrus fruits with a porcelain texture, notes of floral and cereal delivered over a supremely long and fine finish. A very modern Australian Chardonnay that needs time to evolve but the quality is undeniable. V21