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2016 South Block Chardonnay

2016 South Block Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vineyard Designation
South Block
Harvest Date
14 Feb 2015
pH
3.26
Alcohol %
12.5

2016 South Block Chardonnay

Racked directly to barrel after whole-bunch pressing, this wine is another expression of TarraWarra Chardonnay. Made without yeast or acid addition, the wine is matured in French oak for 10 months. It is crossflow filtered without fining before bottling at the Estate.

This Chardonnay is quite a departure from our usual Chardonnay. The perfumed aroma of citrus fruits with a hint of oak flows through the very fine and long palate, with higher acidity and a singular linearity to the palate.

A wine to drink and enjoy now or cellar for 10 or more years.

Site selection: South Block was planted to 100% Mendoza clone Chardonnay on our only southern facing site in 2002. Mendoza is a clone noted for its low phenolics, higher acidity, and hen and chicken bunch structure. Vine material was sourced from Leeuwin Estate, in WA it is the predominant Chardonnay clone.

Vintage notes: The season leading up to the 2016 harvest saw warmer conditions through Spring and up to Chritsmas, bringing ripening forward. January and February were similar to 2015, with cool nights during ripening allowed for retention of acid and fine flavor development. Yields were 7 tonnes per hectare. The block ripens over later than other blocks due to the southerly aspect of this site.


Reviews:

LESTER JESBERG Winewise Bulletin, 29 Jan 2019
Delicately peachy with a hint of funk and subtle oak. Creamy and bright.

ROB GEDDES The Gold Book 2019
Classy, complex chardonnay, citrus fruits, a layer of smoky flint wine maker complexity with quality oak. The palate is intense fruited, wild yeast dry edge balances the lively citrus and gentle oak complexity with excellent acidity and fruit weight delivering a wine of fullness with intensity and complexity. Beautiful texture and length here. 95/100, The Top 100 Wines 2019 List

JOHN FORDHAM The Sunday Telegraph, 23 Dec 2018
The vines anchoring this five star wine hail from original cuttings from Margaret River's famous Leeuwin Estate, which enjoys worldwide status for its chardonnays. Clare Halloran's ability to channel chardonnay's rich fruit flavours in harmony with judicious oak proves to be meticulously on song.

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2016 South Block Chardonnay

2016 South Block Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vineyard Designation
South Block
Harvest Date
14 Feb 2015
pH
3.26
Alcohol %
12.5

2016 South Block Chardonnay

Racked directly to barrel after whole-bunch pressing, this wine is another expression of TarraWarra Chardonnay. Made without yeast or acid addition, the wine is matured in French oak for 10 months. It is crossflow filtered without fining before bottling at the Estate.

This Chardonnay is quite a departure from our usual Chardonnay. The perfumed aroma of citrus fruits with a hint of oak flows through the very fine and long palate, with higher acidity and a singular linearity to the palate.

A wine to drink and enjoy now or cellar for 10 or more years.

Site selection: South Block was planted to 100% Mendoza clone Chardonnay on our only southern facing site in 2002. Mendoza is a clone noted for its low phenolics, higher acidity, and hen and chicken bunch structure. Vine material was sourced from Leeuwin Estate, in WA it is the predominant Chardonnay clone.

Vintage notes: The season leading up to the 2016 harvest saw warmer conditions through Spring and up to Chritsmas, bringing ripening forward. January and February were similar to 2015, with cool nights during ripening allowed for retention of acid and fine flavor development. Yields were 7 tonnes per hectare. The block ripens over later than other blocks due to the southerly aspect of this site.


Reviews:

LESTER JESBERG Winewise Bulletin, 29 Jan 2019
Delicately peachy with a hint of funk and subtle oak. Creamy and bright.

ROB GEDDES The Gold Book 2019
Classy, complex chardonnay, citrus fruits, a layer of smoky flint wine maker complexity with quality oak. The palate is intense fruited, wild yeast dry edge balances the lively citrus and gentle oak complexity with excellent acidity and fruit weight delivering a wine of fullness with intensity and complexity. Beautiful texture and length here. 95/100, The Top 100 Wines 2019 List

JOHN FORDHAM The Sunday Telegraph, 23 Dec 2018
The vines anchoring this five star wine hail from original cuttings from Margaret River's famous Leeuwin Estate, which enjoys worldwide status for its chardonnays. Clare Halloran's ability to channel chardonnay's rich fruit flavours in harmony with judicious oak proves to be meticulously on song.

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