LAS Vino Wildberry Springs Chardonnay
Min. Quantity: 3
The LAS Vino Wildberry Springs Chardonnay is a commanding wine, without being a big buttery chardonnay. The creaminess comes from malolactic fermentation and it is beautifully supported by a decent acid backbone that builds an impressively long finish. This wine is rich, full and complex, with the solids from lees stirring providing a hint of flint and a 'struck match' texture and complexity. Aromas and flavours of citrus and nectarine, along with toasted almonds all add up to a beautiful Margaret River Chardonnay. Enjoy with roasted chicken or grilled salmon dishes.
Expert Reviews & Awards
"Predominantly (90%) Gingin clone, the rest a mix. Long primary fermentation (all wild yeasts) of 10 months, mlf in that time. Fresh curry leaf, white peach, crushed cashew, flat leaf parsley, red apple skins, a whack of pink grapefruit and layers of orchard flowers, gum leaf and licorice. What a cracking wine this is. A kaleidoscopic array of fruit, a flinty, wild kind of countenance, and a long, sinuous line of flavour that gives a little 'come hither' at the final turn. Peterkin doesn't make enough of this wine. Or perhaps that's the secret." (On the 2020 vintage)
Halliday Wine Companion - August 2021 (EL) — 97 Points
"Fascinating wine this, which shows the quality you would expect from Margaret River Chardonnay with incredible depth of fruit, but also in a left-of-field style. Fruit from Wilyabrup, traditionally the home of top cabernet sauvignon, is picked on two different dates – early for acid and later for flavour. It’s then barrel and clay fermented before around a year of ageing in the same vessel. It’s a neat trick and provides the wine with many levels both of texture and flavour – it is quite the ride.
The colour is youthful and pale before aromas that are also bright, fresh and understated. Flinty, floral notes are first before the more traditional nectarine comes into the picture offset by some young oak that sits in balance. The palate is then flinty and chalky with a strong core of citrus fruits and savoury, nutty complexity. Super power gives a very long finish, again supported by oak. It’s tight right now but was even better on day 2 suggesting this is a wine with a strong future ahead of it. There is one problem – only 200 dozen were made which will no doubt be snapped up in quick time. Give this wine a decant to see its best (on the 2020 vintage). "
Wine Pilot - Angus Hughson — 96 Points
Hand picked first thing in the morning, chilled overnight, whole bunch pressed and naturally fermented in oak. The primary fermentation took over 9 months to complete and was still ticking away in November. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred during this time as well. The lees were stirred fortnightly, but due to the extended fermentation this wine was in a constant flux. Energy, texture and weight were added to a wine that in previous years, has been known for its purity and tension. Eight barrels of this wine were fermented and matured in 1-2 year old French oak. In addition to this, the winemakers used a singular new stockinger Austrian oak barrique and a singular new Damy Allier barrique.
Drink now or within 9 years of release.
Pierro Margaret River Vineyards
The Pierro Margaret River Vineyards, are located in the heart of Western Australia’s renowned Margaret River wine region. Pierro is owned and managed by Dr Mike Peterkin, and the winery has a viticultural pedigree second to none. Besides making award-winning Chardonnay of distinctive character, Mike also produced the first Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend in Australia. The Pierro reds are now among the very best in the region.
Chardonnay This famous French variety is easily the most recognised and enjoyed white wine worldwide. Chardonnay has been grown in, experimented with and been successfully adapted to just about every wine-producing region on earth. Chardonnay offers diverse styles from the lean, steely structured, crisp and clean styles, to the more rich, full bodied examples, often enhanced by toasty vanillin oak characters. Chardonnay offers a wonderful spectrum of flavours, from those of lemon and apple through to exotic, tropical fruits and spices. It seems there is a chardonnay to please just about every palate! So what makes it so appealing? Wine consumers love it! Chardonnay offers a range of styles, from crisp ‘Chablis' style examples, to rich and buttery versions. Viticulturists love it! It grows well in a range of climates and soils. It achieves a good level of ripeness, is impervious to disease and apart from spring frosts, climatic threats are limited during the passage of the vineyard year through good vineyard management. Winemakers love it too! Chardonnay is a versatile variety that thrives in a range of climates and soils. As well as achieving a good level of ripeness, it is relatively resistant to disease, and apart from spring frosts, climatic threats are limited during the passage of the year. Key Facts About Chardonnay Chardonnay’s spiritual homeland is Burgundy in France, although there is evidence that links it back to Lebanon in the Middle East. In France it is responsible for the wines known as Chablis and Macon as well as the Village, Premier and Grand Cru wines of the Côte d’Or. Chardonnay is the consummate world traveler. Since the 1960s chardonnay has migrated to all wine growing countries and is produced around the globe. Chardonnay wines are medium straw in colour, deepening to rich yellow and gold with age. Rarely do you see a chardonnay that is pale white in colour, although we have come a long way from the deep heavy yellows of new world chardonnays produced in the 1970s and 1980s. Chardonnay has lots of flavour but this is balanced by a good deal of natural acidity. This balance lends itself to depth of flavour and all well made chardonnays have plenty of dimensions to enjoy. Chardonnay in Australia Nowhere is the versatility of this wonderful grape variety better expressed than across the vineyards, regions and winemaking styles of Australia. The Aussie chardonnay scene is defined by regional diversity making it a virtual playground for our viticulturists and grape growers. Our winemakers develop expertise experimenting with the many regional styles of chardonnay and the numerous winemaking techniques associated with this variety. In Australia, we are not inhibited by the appellation restrictions that put a straight jacket around European grape growers and winemakers, forcing specific varieties to be grown in specific regions. Australian chardonnays, apart from being delicious and well crafted, won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We like to ensure our wines are affordable and able to be enjoyed by as many people as we can. Australian chardonnay is not the world’s cheapest, but the value it represents has carried our reputation around the globe. Regional Chardonnay Chardonnay grows well in almost every wine region of Australia and is the mainstay of a great many vineyards. Its certainty of ripening and universal demand gives a grower something of an assurance against the fickle swings of weather and market place. Chardonnay loves to grow in all climates, producing quite different wines in each. In cooler regions like the Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Orange chardonnays show delicate flavours of citrus, grapefruit and green apple. The acidity is lively, sometimes even racy or steely and the fruit is pure, focused and lean. In warmer regions, particularly the Hunter Valley and Margaret River we grow richer chardonnays that show tropical fruit flavours like peach and apricot. In distinctly warm to hot areas like the Barossa Valley, we find rich expressions of ripe pineapple and fig really lifting out of the glass. Australian chardonnays, apart from being delicious and well crafted, won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We like to ensure our wines are affordable and able to be enjoyed by as many people as we can. Australian chardonnay is not the world’s cheapest, but the value it represents has carried our reputation around the globe.
About Margaret River
The Margaret River produces outstanding Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Bordeaux style red blends made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Located 200 kilometres south of Perth, the Margaret River has a warm maritime climate. This results in grapes that have concentrated fruit aromas and flavours while still retaining high levels of acidity, due to the cooling ocean breezes. This also allows the Margaret River to offer fresh, elegant and restrained wines as well as full-bodied and powerful wines.
Wine Body: Medium Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Organic / Vegan: Biodynamic, Organic
Non Alcoholic: No
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