2013 Cloudburst Chardonnay
The 2013 vintage was characterized by early season coolness right up to the beginning of the year, when the heat of summer fully arrived. Summer was typified by warm to hot days followed by warm nights. This was accompanied by lower than normal rainfall in January and February Chardonnay benefited from these conditions and the grapes developed great vibrancy and intensity. Good Marri flowering resulted in minimal bird pressure, and lack of rainfall and good sea breezes led to an absence of disease pressure. March brought cooling temperatures, allowing our reds to ripen gradually, developing extraordinary depths of flavor, weight and concentration. Truly a great year.
The 2013 Cloudburst Chardonnay is a richly satisfying wine. On the nose, fine lemon myrtle dances with a waxed grapefruit character, underlain by notes of gunflint and gunsmoke. These flavors are picked up in the lovely palate, which has a poised citrus character with a fresh quartz restraint. There are traces of roasting walnuts, acorns, lemon blossom, sunflowers in bloom, maize dust, semolina and lightly toasted marshmallow. An elegant wine, its strong line of acidity holds it together even as it warms up in the glass. This is truly a wine that can be served at room temperature. A powerful and satisfying wine that lingers in the mouth and imagination. Alc. 13.9%