Deep Woods 'Estate' Chardonnay


Deep Woods 'Estate' Chardonnay

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Are you ready to ponder? This Chardy was made for a spot of pondering. Not old school wine snobbery elitism, don’t you worry. But it’s got a bit going on, and will unwind in the bottle over the next three to six years. It’s full of ripe stone fruit and a hint of oak-driven character. And it’s perfect for those contemplative days. Or if contemplation isn’t your thing, just knock it back. That’s also very ok too.


These guys just do everything right. An innate understanding of their 80 acres in ‘winemaking nirvana’ Margaret River and a tight focus on small batch quality means they’re strides ahead of the big dogs when it comes to agility and flavour. It’s this clever clog kind of thinking that scoops up all sorts of awards (65 golds to be precise) including James Halliday's Winemaker of the Year 2019 for Julian Langworthy. They’re wines JH described as having balance ‘beyond compare’. Impressive stuff without a doubt.


2019 was a beautiful, mild vintage with very limited heat spikes during ripening. Chardonnay grapes were harvested in early to mid-February, which encouraged expressive aromas, concentrated flavours and lovely acid retention. The majority of the fruit for this wine was handpicked, with a proportion wild fermented in oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for three months. The remaining parcels of fruit were kept on lees, with wild fermentation occurring in stainless steel tanks. From there, 50% of the final blend underwent malolactic fermentation before bottling.


A rich white like this is all set up for a bit of roasted chicken, a bit of roasted root veg, a bit of whatever you fancy roasting to be honest.


JH 95 Points