Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Chardonnay 2018
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Light gold, with a fresh, green rim.
A layered, complex aroma with stonefruit, pear and citrus notes with seductive fresh toast, dried herbs and malty aromas from wild fermentation on solids in new French oak barrels.
The palate shows the remarkable fruit sweetness, intensity and persistence that is a hallmark of the best Margaret River Chardonnays. This fruit intensity is matched with lovely texture and savoury elements from the time spent maturing in new French oak puncheons, balanced with fresh, natural acidity.
Will continue to develop for at least five years from vintage.
Baked red snapper with garlic and thyme butter.
Winemaker Matthew Byrne introduces Evans & Tate and their Redbrook vineyard. (Video: E&T YouTube)
The next generation of a Margaret River classic
The name Redbrook has always evoked a sense of indulgence and luxury. In keeping with this philosophy, we have created two ranges of incredible wines to accentuate the unique character of Margaret River.
The new Redbrook Estate range delivers varietally expressive, fruit-driven wines that are ready to enjoy upon release, with no compromise on the quality and style expected from those bestowed with the Redbrook name.
A prolonged, cool and wet growing season meant the vines were lush and healthy heading into ripening. This resulted in later harvest dates, accentuated by the cool and wet ripening months; conditions not experienced in Western Australia for more than 10 years. These conditions, coupled with the absence of heat events, produced highly aromatic whites with good natural acidity. A very dry April allowed the last of the white varieties to achieve full ripeness, providing optimum conditions for picking.
The fruit was picked according to when flavours peaked in each Block. At perfect ripeness, the fruit was selectively handpicked at dawn, before being hand loaded into an airbag press and gently squeezed. The free-run juice was continuously tasted until an optimum point was reached which ensured only juice of the finest quality was used in the blend.
All juice went straight from the press into new French oak puncheons to undergo wild fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine remained in barrel for 7-10 months, with monthly lees stirring to provide texture and mouthfeel. Each batch, and each barrel type within each batch, was carefully assessed for inclusion in the final Redbrook blend. The wine was then stabilised and filtered once prior to bottling and maturation prior to release. This minimal handling has produced a unique, delicate Redbrook Chardonnay style that will develop great complexity over time.
- pH: 3.11
- Acidity (TA): 7.70 g/L
- Residual sugar (RS): 0.88 g/L
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Gold Medal – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2019
Gold Medal – Perth Royal Wine Awards 2019
Gold Medal – Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal – Margaret River Wine Show 2018
Silver Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
Silver Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2019
Silver Medal – Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
Silver Medal – Perth Royal Wine Awards 2019
Halliday wine companion 2020
Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in new French puncheons then matured for 7-10 months. Gold medal Margaret River Wine Show ’18. This is all about detail, the palate almost painful in its purity – chiselled from granite.
james suckling, jamessuckling.com
biggest Australian tasting ever, june 2019
Quite subtle on the nose with chamomile, cherry blossom, fresh citrus, herbs and spices. Direct and crunchy, framing a taut core of green and stone fruit and carrying it with medium length on the finish.
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