2012 Streicker "Ironstone Block" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $35) SKU #1333447

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JH 96 JS 94 WE 90
WS 90
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K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: "100% Gin Gin clone Chardonnay, hand harvested from our Ironstone Vineyard and bursting with the richness and opulence that Margaret River Chardonnay is known for. Ripe nectarines and cut yellow peach with hints of honeycomb, bees wax and brioche lead to bold tones of glazed stone-fruit, French oak and vanilla-pod. This is followed by a persistent finish completed with hints of grain, citrus blossom and nutmeg. The fruit for the Ironstone Chardonnay is hand-picked from the Ironstone Vineyard in the heart of Wilyabrup. The fruit is chilled and whole-cluster pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in 40% new, 30% 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill French oak barriques. 66% of the barrels are sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. The other 33% are allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, developing both richer, bolder aromatics and textural elements. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity."

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  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    2/8/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The Streicker Ironstone Chard is still bright and refreshing and remarkably youthful. Only 33% Malo leaves a wonderful bright fresh acidity with classic white peach chardonnay fruit and a wafting thread of tropical almost mango fruit right down the middle. Medium weight, rich but not too rich and notes of vanilla from the oak. Very well made, it's a fantastic bargain.

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