Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Chardonnay 2022 White Wine – Margaret River, Australia
100% Wilyabrup Vally Chardonnay, 100% fermented in barrel, with 0% additions during ferment.
Once harvested and in the winery, the fruit was sorted and gently destemmed before being gently pressed. A small portion of this wine was also pressed as whole bunches, which we feel adds finesse. 100% of ferments proceeded without addition in French oak, with some malolactic fermentation occurring though not promoted. Fermented entirely in French barrels, 90% without the addition of yeast, then partially racked to tank to retain an element of freshness.
Bright pale lemon in colour, it opens up in the glass with aromas of citrus rind and manuka flowers. Notes of oyster shell hint at the minerality to come.
The palate follows with lemon and lime, white flowers and grilled cashews married to a slate-like texture. The intensity grows as you let the glass sit and unveil, finishing fine and powerful.
About Woodlands Wines
Established in 1973 by David & Heather Watson on Caves Road in Wilyabrup, Woodlands was one of the first five vineyards to be planted in the Margaret River Wine Region. Woodlands vineyards are dry grown and maintained by hand using traditional methods. In the winery, all Woodlands wines spend up to two years in the finest French oak barrels. Each wine is made with minimal intervention, and is carefully blended by the Watson family. Aiming to create wines to emulate the great vineyards of Bordeaux, Woodlands is one of only ten Margaret River wineries with the highest possible rating from James Halliday, and the Woodlands Cabernet Sauvignon rated ‘Outstanding’ in the Langton’s Classification of Fine Wines.
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