2017
Woodlands
Chardonnay
Wilyabrup Valley

2017
Woodlands
Chardonnay
Wilyabrup Valley

The Wilyabrup subregion of Margaret River is widely acclaimed by industry pundits as the source of Australia's finest Chardonnay. Woodland's consuming ambition is to create wines which emulate the great vineyards of the world. There is less than a hectare of low yielding Chardonnay at Woodlands and output is highly limited. Woodlands is produced exclusively from Jin Jin, the clone that made Margaret River famous for Chardonnay. A luxurious regimen of lees stirring and new oak fermentation adds mouth filling textures and rich complexity.

The Chardonnay vines were planted in 1985 to light gravelly loam soils atop Woodland's south facing slope. The Jin Jin clone was first choice, famous for it's hen and chicken bunch set, delivering low yields with higher levels of acidity and great intensity of flavor.

2017 was a mild summer in the Valley, particularly over December and January. 'La Nina' conditions ensured no extremes of heat, and enabled perfect maturation for aromatic white wines.

Once harvested and in the winery, the fruit is delivered to the destemmer by a vibrating hopper, where the stems are removed by way of a swinging motion. This process is gentle and enhances clarity of fruit. Some of this wine was also pressed as whole bunches, which added finesse. After being pressed and racked, the wine was fermented entirely in French barrels without the addition of yeast. Following fermentation, some batches were transferred out of barrel to retain an element of freshness in the final blend. In late September the wine was racked together, filtered and bottled.

This beautiful chardonnay delivers the essence of new season tree fruits. The expansive nose reveals ripe white peach and nectarine, some creamy wine lees complexity, Provencal herbs, and a subtle note of tropical passion fruit. The palate is full flavored on entry; with white beaches, grapefruit and hints of pine needle and citrus rind. The palate is long and fine - lingering with bright fruit flavors and a hint of caramel and barrel toast.

  • Region: Margaret River
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: 4 sites in the Wilyabrup District of Margaret River
  • Vine Age: Average: 19 years old
  • Clones: Jin Jin
  • Yield: 2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Clay & Sandy Loam
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Oak: 100% Barrel Fermented - 35% was Aged in French barrique (33% new)
  • Production: 2,000 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MARGARET RIVER

One of the most vibrant and popular wine destinations in Australia, the Margaret River has an exceptional range of restaurants, accommodation and tourist activities. After a much-publicized birth in the early 1970s prompted, in part, by Professor Harold Olmo's research but, more importantly, that of Dr John Gladstones in 1965, the region briefly lost its momentum in the late 1980s... Learn More »

WOODLANDS

MARGARET RIVER

Woodlands vineyard was established in 1973 by David & Heather Watson on Caves Road in Wilyabrup, and was one of the first five vineyards to be planted in the Margaret River Wine Region. David and Heather aimed to create wines to emulate the great vineyards of Bordeaux.  Woodlands came to fame early on with the release of the 1981 ‘Andrew’ Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine won trophies for ‘Best Red Wine’ at the Perth Wine Show, the Mt Barker Wine Show, and the National Wine Show. This wine was the first from Margaret River to achieve a National Red Wine Trophy. ... Learn More »

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