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This is the very essence of Southern Margaret River Chardonnay. The team at Snake & Herring have been working with the Chardonnay from this beautiful vineyard for more than a decade and they understand it very well. The 2014 version of this wine has been incredibly successful taking out the Trophy for Best Chardonnay at the prestigious 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Show against some of the best Chardonnays in the county. To stand out from the pack in a competitive field such as that means one thing, this wine has 'X-Factor' written all over it. Margaret River Chardonnay fans should buy with absolute confidence, this is outstanding value from this part of country.
What it Tastes Like
_94 points. "It has a fair whack of struck match a la mode with a side of bacon, ripe grapefruit, melon, and spicy oak. It’s cool and flinty, grapefruit softened by almond, a light glycerol feel, zesty lime rind and a long flinty finish. Feel the fresh cool breeze of Southern Margaret River in your mouth. Very very good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Trophy - Best Chardonnay - 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Show 94 points. "It has a fair whack of struck match a la mode with a side of bacon, ripe grapefruit, melon, and spicy oak. It’s cool and flinty, grapefruit softened by almond, a light glycerol feel, zesty lime rind and a long flinty finish. Feel the fresh cool breeze of Southern Margaret River in your mouth. Very very good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Single Vineyard, Karridale, Margaret River Chardonnay is the pinnacle of white wines in Margaret River and we love the finesse and natural acidity in chardonnay from the Karridale sub-region. Higher rainfall and humidity means there is less moisture stress down here. Cooler days and nights preserve natural acidity and finer, more complex fruit flavours. This vineyard has an excellent track record with chardonnay and we have been working with the owners since 2003. There is an obsessive attention to detail that delivers pristine hand picked fruit perfect for whole bunch pressing. After chilling in a cold room overnight we press the whole clusters of chardonnay direct to barrel: no clarifying, no acid added, no yeast. The natural ferment kicks off as the juice warms. The oak is 500L French oak puncheons (50% new) for excellent oak integration, respect of the fruit and a cool look. After 10 months on full lees in oak the wine is bottled.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2024
About the Producer
Snake and Herring
Snake + Herring is a Western Australian producer hunting out especially good batches of fruit to make exceptional value for money wines. They have a diverse range, from easy drinking Cab-Merlot blends to fine examples of Elegant Cabernet and powerful Chardonnay. They are constantly on the lookout for another great vineyard and make wines that reflect these great sites across Margaret River.
Margaret River is recognised as one of the country’s finest wine growing regions. The quality of the region’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay rival the very best in the world. But Margaret River is no two-trick-pony. There, Tempranillo and Malbec are excelling, Touriga Nacional seems to be quite at home, Chenin Blanc is getting serious and even pockets of Nebbiolo are rearing their heads. Watch this space. Who knows what new surprises are just around the corner from this famous region.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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