2020 DJL Chardonnay


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A vibrant fruit driven Chardonnay displaying white fleshed stone fruits, zesty citrus flavours combined with a distinct minerality and crisp acidity. A contemporary Chardonnay displaying classic Margaret River hallmarks, it will both drink well in its youth and reward with careful cellaring.

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Chardonnay (100%)
Margaret River
Average Winter rainfall followed by a warm/dry Spring set up an early start to the growing season. Fruit set was variable, resulting in lower yields across most varieties. The warm Summer daytime temperatures combined with low yields saw harvest begin very early, at the end of January (one of our earliest ever) and all whites were harvested before the end of February. An incredible display of Marri blossom meant bird pressure was practically non-existent in the first half of vintage, and a short rain event after the white harvest offered some respite setting up the reds perfectly. Warm conditions continued throughout March, with all of the reds being harvested by the first week of April, our earliest ever harvest completion. In summary, 2020 will be remembered as an excellent vintage in Margaret River

Tasting Notes

Pale straw
The bouquet of this elegant, yet powerful Chardonnay offers poached pears and grapefruit with underlying hints of frangipani and nougat.
The palate is medium bodied displaying white fleshed nectarine, pome fruit and zesty citrus flavours. Taut and minerally, complimented by a lovely creamy texture derived from lees stirring whilst in barrel, the bright fruit and crisp acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a lingering fruit finish


Made predominately from Gingin clone Chardonnay which was whole bunch pressed followed by 100% barrel fermentation in select French oak barriques (24% new oak). Wild fermentation was encouraged on all of the components, in order to introduce more complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation. The final blend was put together in November 2020.

Professional Reviews

2020 was a warm(ish) low-yielding year responsible for wines of structure, power and concentration. This wine is the perfect representation. It is streamlined and razor sharp, the length of flavour giving ample opportunity to see the restrained stone fruit, pawpaw, green pineapple, Granny Smith, rosewater and brine.