The Dragonfly Chardonnay is designed to capture the essence of this noble variety in its pure form.
Vibrant and refreshing in style, it highlights the classic white-fleshed stonefruit and almond blossom characters of the variety, combined with the texture, complexity and depth of flavour achieved from the better vineyard sites of the southwest.
Lifted biscuit oak integrated with lemont zest and varietal white peach aromas.
A core of intense stonefruit and spice, textural and long with gentle french oak toast.
Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is sourced from our Henty and Cotterill blocks planted to the Mendoza or Gin Gin clone in 1998.
Soil is typically a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam over red and yellow friable clay with slight westerly aspects at elevations of 220 to 250m above sea level.
70% of the wine was naturally fermented in pre-loved French oak barriques to build complexity through barrel fermentation, whilst the balance was fermented in tank, retaining freshness and bright fruit aromatics
Temperature in oak is allowed to peak at 22 degrees celsius, whilst tank fermentation is maintained at less than 15 degrees celsius
Solid Winter rains were followed by a wonderfully warm Spring in 2017 heralding encouraging conditions for Vintage 2018 and indeed led to a long even Indian Summer.
One rain event in mid January (35mm) was a blessing, and from then on vintage was dictated by long warm and dry days.
Yield in 2018 is at or just below average within the region, The south west of western Australia also had one of the strongest displays of Marri bloom that I can recall, allowing crops to ripen without bird pressure.