Albany Limited Release Chardonnay 2017
About The Wine
This awesome oaked Albany Limited Release Chardonnay 2017 was barrel fermented and then spent 12 months in new and used French oak barrels. The wine displays rich fruit flavours of melon, peach and green citrus notes combined with integrated oak creaminess on the palate. The wine is elegant and refined and will age spectacularly with increased intensity and oak flavours.
Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:
This is a stunning barrel-fermented 2017 Chardonnay. With a total maturation of about 12 months in barrel. The fruit was all handpicked and basket pressed. Succulent aromas of nectarine, peach and suggestions of tropical pineapple are enhanced by the sweet vanillin barrel character. The Malolactic fermentation together with a tight acid structure ensures great texture, flavour and longevity. The oak integration is amazing together with the fresh flavours of peach and melon and fine citrus flavours. This is a Chardonnay that is going to get better and better with age This is an exceptional value at $17.00 per bottle as the winery sells it under the brand at $25.00 per bottle.
My Score 96/100 WACC Trophy.
About The Producer
The producer of this sensational oaked 2017 Chardonnay is in Albany in the Great Southern Wine region of WA. The winery is a very small husband and wife operation that make intriguing wines that surprise your palate and leave you wanting more. They started the winery to offer something genuine to wine lovers – small-batch, hand-picked chardonnay, pinot noir and merlot from the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia.
Their wines are different to anything you will find from the big brands as they reflect the care and attention, they are able to give by producing small batches, managing their small vineyard by hand, and harvesting by hand. Only the best grapes are selected, and each vintage reflects the season in which it was grown and the soil and climate of our vineyard.
About the region:
The Great Southern lies along the Southern Ocean on Western Australia’s south coast. The pristine ocean and rugged coastline is only part of a spectacular natural environment that includes the ancient Stirling and Porongurup Ranges, magnificent forest, visiting whales and a multitude of wildflowers in season. Great Southern wines are produced in five subregions characterized by unique geomorphic and climatic conditions.
The subregions of Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup all produce distinctive fine wines that benefit from cool climate viticulture in a clean and green environment.
Albany wine is produced in a Mediterranean climate featuring wet, cool winters and warm, dry summers with a moderating sea breeze off the Southern Ocean.
The daily temperature range is minimal and moderate levels of humidity during summer reduce stress on the vines and assist ripening. Soils are lateritic gravelly sand loams or sandy loams derived from granite and gneissic bedrocks.