DRIFTWOOD Single Site Chardonnay, Margaret River,/p>
The Driftwood Single Site Chardonnay is Gin Gin (or hen-and-chicken) clone sourced entirely from Driftwood Estate vineyard’s blocks 21 and 20. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed to tank and then immediately transferred to barrel for fermentation. All barrels undergo a wild fermentation with high solids content, leading to greater complexity and texture in the finished wine. There is no malolactic fermentation. All batches are kept separate and lees stirred every three weeks over eight months maturation in barrel.
The final wine is a barrel selection. This is an elegant Chardonnay typically with a complex bouquet of lemon curd, nectarine and vanilla pod with floral nuances and a hint of pear. The palate is creamy-textured, with vibrant, pure fruits and lifted florals framed by well-integrated French oak. Overall, the wine is finely structured with grapefruit pith giving way to a pristine line of saline minerality. This is a fine wine of length, focus and poise.
"Here complexity and power are the name of the game, power both in depth and length. Fresh acidity is woven like a thread of silver through a tapestry, orange blossom, lemon curd, white peach and nectarine, pink grapefruit and toasty oak notes come and go." 97 points, Wine Companion
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.