Blackwood Valley ICON Chardonnay 2018
About The Wine
This awesome oaked Blackwood Valley Chardonnay 2018 was barrel fermented and then spent 9 months in new 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 2018 Chardonnay. With a total maturation of about 9 months in barrel. 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 the exceptional value at $15.00 per bottle.
My Score 94/100 WACC Gold Medal.
About The Producer
The winery that produced this fantastic Blackwood Valley Icon Chardonnay 2018 is a very small family operation. The winery itself was established in 1985 and all wines produced are from single vineyard fruit. A winery this small hand picks the grapes and put a lot of love into the finished product. We are very lucky to be given a small parcel of this magnificent oaked Chardonnay.
About the region:
Boasting over 50 vineyards, covering an area of more than 450 hectares, the picturesque Blackwood Valley Wine Region is located between the Margaret River and the Great Southern Wine Regions in the southwest of Western Australia. The region includes the historic settlements of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Balingup and Nannup.
The climate of the region is the Mediterranean, suitable for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, as well as key red wine grape varieties being Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The climate is characterised by moderate temperatures, with rainfall predominant in the winter months and dry and warm summer days. The fruit intensity is highlighted by cool nights and coupled with the elevation of the region giving Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon cool climate characters which are a growing strength in Australian wine styles.
The region varies in elevation, from 100 metres in the west to 340 metres in the east. The annual rainfall range is from 600 to 900 millimetres.
The soil in the area is heavily dictated by the topography. A series of smaller valleys run throughout the region. The deep gravel soils found on sites provide fruit intensity and flavour and is ideally suitable for vineyards.