Hay Shed Hill Block 6 Chardonnay 2018

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Brilliant appearance, great clarity and the lightest of green hues. The Block 6 Chardonnay has mineral aromatics with background savoury flinty notes. The fruit is in the fresh white pear spectrum with perhaps some citric elements. The palate is complex with good carryover of fruit expression. Vibrant and with a lightness about it this wine, it is far from the old fashioned Australian Chardonnay of the 1980's. The old vine depth of fruit provides a complexity not seen in most Chardonnay - there is always more to find in the wine without it being overworked or over-blown. This is a beautiful wine with depth of flavour and texture that will stand up in a fine dining situation.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country Australia
Region Margaret River
Brand Hay Shed Hill
Vintage 2018

Margaret River Wine

In the southwest of Western Australia, the Margaret River wine region is unique in that it is the most maritime-influenced region in all of Australia. The cool Indian ocean breezes come in through the summer to keep the temperatures around the vines steady resulting in an unusually even accumulation of warmth in the growing season. It is also quite dry as interestingly less than 20% of the annual rainfall occurs as the grapes are growing. The region’s climatic factors have been compared to what Bordeaux would be like in a dry season. While the region’s total production is relatively small (3% of Australia’s total wine production), it is responsible for 20% of our premium wine market.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz as well as Bordeaux blends are all very popular red wine options in the region.

For whites, refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as complex, age worthy Chardonnays are the specialties.

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James Halliday – From the coolest block on the vineyard, free-run juice direct to French barrels (35% new), no mlf, no stirring, 11 months on lees. More restrained than most quality chardonnays from the Margaret River, Yarra Valley etc. The colour is full straw-green, the bouquet and palate very complex and energetic with grapefruit riding shotgun over a subtext of melon, fig and peach. 96 POINTS - James Halliday

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