Plantagenet Great Southern Chardonnay 2010


A lovely array of lemon fruit, quince and melon flavours in harmony with the winemaking derived characters that have imparted a creamy note and a dash of almond. A supple, lithe palate with a fine core of acid and lots of mouth-filling flavours and vibrant fruit notes. A harmonious wine with a lingering, clean finish.

A cold, wet spring delayed budburst with shoot growth further retarded by cool to mild weather all the way through into early summer. A prolonged flowering period due to the cool weather led to some uneven ripening later on, as well as some disease pressure which necessitated crop removal. January and February temperatures were warm and dry and hastened fruit ripening - a blessing before rains in early April. The harvest was relatively early, starting with the Wyjup vineyard on 2nd March, finishing at the Crystal Brook vineyard on 6th March, with very low yields of 0.8 to 2.8 tonnes per hectare.

The fruit was handpicked and whole bunch pressed. Without any further settling, juice was simply transferred to barrel to wait for the indigenous yeast strains to start fermenting. No malolactic fermentation took place. 25% new oak was used with one to four year old barrels of fine grained oak and lees stirring for the first three months.  After nine months in oak, the barrels were assessed and blended. The wine was lightly fined with skimmed milk, filtered and bottled in February and released after four months.

The Plantagenet winery is located in the Mount Barker township, a subdistrict of the Great Southern region in Western Australia. The area is famous for its premium quality, cool climate wine production, its proximity to the Southern Ocean ensuring the slow ripening of the
grapes which enhances fruit composition and aromatic qualities. Plantagenet's five vineyards are located to the south and west of the
town. Winemaker John Durham joined from Cape Mentelle in 2007.
13.5% abv
Plantagenet Great Southern Chardonnay 2010
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