97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
The chardonnay fruit comes from two vineyards, one is our most southern vineyard near Witchcliffe and the other is a stunning north facing slope located in the area of Metricup. The fruit was carefully hand picked and whole bunch pressed in the cool of the early morning, in small 2-3 tonne batches. The first 500L/t of juice was run off directly to barrel, with no additions made to the juice. The fermentation for this wine occurred naturally with indigenous yeasts i.e. “wild” fermented. No acid or fining agents were added to the wine during production whatsoever. All barrels had SO2 added immediately post fermentation with no MLF allowed to occur. The lees were stirred monthly and the wine was matured for eight months in oak. All of the barrels used were French with a mixture of barriques (225L) and larger format oak (300- 500L). Approximately 30% of the oak was new with the remaining two thirds made up of one and two-year old barrels.
“Fascinating: this and the ’15 Kinship Chardonnay have identical estate origins, part from Credaro’s most southern vineyard near Witchcliffe, part from its Metricup Vineyard, both hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented, no additions other than SO2, both fermented and matured in French oak (30% new). This wine has absolutely stunning purity and length, and a gold-plated future. Gold medals Margaret River Wine Show ’16 and Sydney International Wine Competition ’16” – 97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday