2018 Reserve Chardonnay


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The Reserve range continues to be the best of what we are able to produce in a given vintage. Our 10th consecutive release of our Reserve Chardonnay, 100% of the fruit for this wine is from our oldest Chardonnay vineyard, the Lagan Estate. The low yielding vineyard produces bunches with characteristic ‘hen and chicken’ architecture typical of the Gingin clone. Natural fermentation on fruit is encouraged to further emphasise the personality of this wonderful site, resulting in a fine boned medium bodied Chardonnay offering citrus, nashi pears and tangy stone fruits with a lovely saline / oyster-shell character in the background.

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The growing season began with good, even budburst after average Winter rainfall. The mild Spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set. A moderate start to Summer, with no heat extremes, set up the harvest well with white varieties offering great flavour intensity and bright acidity. There was an incredible display of Marri blossom (tagged as a once in a generation ‘mega-blossom’) which meant bird pressure was practically non-existent whilst the whites were harvested. A minor rain event occurred in mid-March which was followed by fine, warm conditions that prevailed right through to middle of April, allowing all red varieties to achieve great flavour and tannin ripeness. In summary 2018 will be remembered as an outstanding vintage

Tasting Notes

Pale Straw
The bouquet of this elegant yet powerful Chardonnay offers pristine fruit aromas of fresh pears, grapefruit and white fleshed nectarines with underlying hints of oatmeal and roasted almonds.
The fine boned palate is medium bodied offering citrus, nashi pears and tangy stone fruits with a lovely saline / oyster-shell character in the background. Precise and pure, the fruit is complemented with subtle creamy elements and a pithy grapefruite edge adding structure. The intensity of fruit and the bracing acidity combine to provide drive to the wine, focusing it perfectly to a crisp, lingering finish.
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All of the fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak (approx. 30% new oak). Fermentation was allowed to occur naturally, with the wild yeasts responsible for the fermentation introducing more complexity and personality into the wine. Barrels were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. Only the best barrels were selected for the final blend which was put together in November 2018.

Professional Reviews

Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Wonderfully expressive chardonnay from this great vintage. It's a single vineyard wine all from the original planting on the Lagan estate and has been made with al natural wild yeasts with reguar lees stirring. Goodall doesn't put this wine through malolactic fermentation, contributing to its brightness and tense energy. It has an intruiging mix of savoury and brioche with a light honeycombe crumble. Arguably the finest yet from this estate.