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2021 DHJ1 Single Plot Chardonnay

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.

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Pale straw with a hint of golden NOSE Initially a little flinty reduction quickly opens up to super fine perfumes of limestone cave, bread dough, seawater in fresh oysters and delicate notes of crayon wax and wattle blossom. PALATE Incredible driven line of acid pushing body and power to the feel of the palate. So subtle yet so powerful, a single plot like no other with it’s lime acid line, dusty chalky clean dry finish and light fresh bread crust perfume.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER COMMENTS Fruit was carefully tipped into an oak vat as whole bunches. The vat was closed up and filled with CO2 without a berry being touched for 8 days, causing an enzymatic fermentation in the berry. The fruit was then foot-stomped and allowed to start wild yeast fermentation. Following the completion of fermentation, the wine was drained, basket pressed and stored in older French barriques. The wine was carefully racked and bottled after 6 months.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
2022 developing, 2022 to 2024 amazing, 2024+ complex and developing.
Harvest Date
26 February 2021
225L French Oak Barriques, 9 mths (2 months blended in tank) = 11 months then racked and bottled without fining or filtration
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
9 February 2022
Vintage Notes

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.

2021 DHJ1 Single Plot Chardonnay
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