2021 "MW" Modern White
~ Margaret River, Western Australia
The serious stuff:
92% Chardonnay from the Wallcliffe sub-region of Margaret River, Clone 96. 8% Viognier grown on the north facing slopes of the Ferguson Valley in the Geographe wine region.
Only the free run juice was retained. The Chardonnay juice was tank fermented, with subsequent regular lees stirring. The addition of lees worked, textural, barrel raised Viognier was added prior to bottling.
Harvest: February 2021
Composition: Chardonnay 92%
Maturation: 9 months in tank and seasoned
Bottled: December 2021
Alcohol: 13.0% vol
TA: 5.56 g/L
RS: 0.38 g/L
But, what does it taste like?
“The King”, seduced by the sexy Viognier loses the plot. Too much wine, women and song for one mere mortal. Bright and textural, with lifted flowers and stonefruit
aromatics ahead of a long and satisfying palate with savoury, citric acidity to close.
"Abdication. No regrets."