2012 Woodlands
'Chloe'
Chardonnay
Margaret River

2012 Woodlands
'Chloe'
Chardonnay
Margaret River

2012 was a classic vintage for Wilyabrup, consisting of perfect ripening conditions - rarely too hot nor too cold, and with consistent dry weather up to the end of April. The relatively cool February enabled the white wines to develop terrific flavor at lower sugar levels.

“Chloe” is produced from a two-acre plot located at the northeast corner of the Woodlands Vineyard. The plot lies at the top of a south facing slope where the soil is composed of deep loam topsoil over clay. This plot is the most shaded location on the vineyard- protected on the west, north and east with marri and peppermint trees.

The ‘Chloe’ Chardonnay plot was hand picked on the 27th of February at just over 12 Baumé. There is a harmony of acidity and fruit that is prized in the northern reaches of Margaret River. Often this is seen in riper vintages in Karridale & Wallcliffe or balanced to cooler vintages in Wilyabrup and Margaret River proper.

Once the fruit was pressed and settled for 7 days, the clear juice was transferred into French barrels, of which just over one-third were new. Fermentation proceeded quickly and cleanly. Following fermentation the wine remained in barrel, with the lees stirred once a month. This wine was bottled in January 2013 after 11 months in barrel.

This is a style that combines flavor, restraint, wine-made complexity and power all at once. Creamy cashews, lime, green melon, struck match. It has power and cool acidity, through don’t serve it too cool or you’ll lose a lot of complexity. The fruit is enveloped in balanced high quality spicy oak, milky and toasty barrel work flavors, lime and melon of good intensity and richness, subtle flintiness and a long savory finish.

  • Region: Margaret River
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Vineyard: Woodlands Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 26 years old
  • Clones: Jin Jin
  • Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Fine Loam over Clay & Gravel
  • Oak: Barrel fermented & aged in French barrique (40% new) for 11 months
  • Production: 320 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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