A new, 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 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.
6-bottle limit per customer applies.
A year of peculiar weather where our commitment to organic viticulture was vital to the successful growth of quality, balanced fruit. A cool and wet spring prompted the need for an intense leaf plucking program to mitigate disease risk. Luckily, December and January were warm and dry. Canopy management was a priority throughout February and March to combat unusually warm and moist conditions. A rainfall event in early February provided a timely drink for the red varietals, followed by warm weather which was ideal for the Chardonnay to achieve ripeness. With judicious canopy management and a crop of naturally resilient grapes, we are pleased to say that fantastic quality fruit was ripened and harvested with little-to-no disease in our vineyards.
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