2015 Marchand & Burch Porongurup Chardonnay

  • 2015 Marchand & Burch Porongurup Chardonnay
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    2015 Marchand & Burch Porongurup Chardonnay 15-MBA-CHXX-DOM6

    Wine overview

    • Variety
      100% Chardonnay
    • Region
      100% Great Southern
    • Cellaring
      A chardonnay with fine structure, silky elegance and restrained purity and power of fruit.
      Drink for the next 6 to 8 years.

    Reviews

    “A magical combination of finesse and elegance, grapefruit zest and white peach fruit have made short work of the new oak component. A stylish, high quality wine with tremendous length.”

    96 Points 

    James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2017

    “Superfine chardonnay, typical of the best from WA’s far south. White peach aromas are framed by balanced spicy oak. The palate has richness, tight structure and acidity.”

    95 Points 

    Ralph Kyte-Powell, Wine Guide, Good Food, The Age | 29 March 2016

    “Lanolin, fresh and restrained, very refined, subtle and undeveloped. Almonds. Subtle butteriness. Very refined, delicate, pared-back style. Very fine and subtle and intense. A reserved wine with its whole life in front of it. It could benefit from another year or so in bottle. Excellent..”

    95 Points

    Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com | August 2016

    Very reliable performer is Marchand & Burch. I often say Great Southern Chardonnay is under sung when it comes to praising various regions.
    Touch of struck match, honey almond, white peach and lemony bite. Lively, citrus tang, a little smoothness from light glycerol texture and creamy cinnamon spice oak. Long. Real crunch and tangle of lemon and green olive in the aftertaste.

    94 Points

    Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

     


    Technical Notes

    Vintage

    The first signs of the approaching vintage began with budburst in the early spring of 2014 as the vines shrugged off their winter dormancy. During this formative period of growth, the weather conditions began to shape the vintage to come.
    In the temperate climes of the south west of Western Australia, the preceding winter provided adequate rainfall for sustained vine growth. As the earth gradually faced more to the sun and spring uncoiled its impulsive nature, a warm, dry summer set the stage for a promising outcome. When verasion began, in late January, the native marri blossom was abundant in the Great Southern Another battle to be fought as netting becomes an annual necessity to protect the valuable crop. The middle autumn period, so often spotted with potential cyclonic fallout did produce intermittent and lingering rain from mid to late March, which slowed the red harvest and cooled the season.
    In summary, the 2015 vintage is a mix bag from the Great Southern. The early varieties of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and some Shiraz have produced excellent wine.

    Vineyards

    The Marchand & Burch Chardonnay is sourced from one of the oldest vineyard plantings in the Porongurup sub-region of the Great Southern. This region takes its name from the ancient, granitic bolder-like landform that rises from the surrounding landscape. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 226m on the cool south east shoulder of this volcanic outcrop, in soils formed by the weathering of the softer rocks, surrounding the range. Planted to the gin gin clone of Chardonnay, yields are typically low and berry size irregular.

    Fruit and Juice Handling

    Each batch is handpicked at a ripeness of 12⁰ to 12.5⁰ Be. The individual parcels of grapes are cooled, hand sorted and then whole bunch pressed to extract only the finest free run juice.

    Fermentation & Maturation

    After minimal settling, the juices are allowed to ferment naturally in French oak, of which 40% is new. Fermentation temperature is between 18⁰C to 22⁰C and the lees are stirred weekly from later in the fermentation until dry. The separate parcels are matured on lees in barrel for 10 months. A portion of each wine undergoes the malolactic conversion during this period.

    Finishing

    The wine was blended to tank and received minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling in November 2015.

    Technical data
    Harvest dates: 17th and 18th February 2015
    pH 3.22 Acidity 6.9 g/lt. Alcohol 13% v/v  Residual Sugar 0.8g/lt

    Tasting Notes

    Powered by essency notes of dried pears, nectarine flesh, citrus and honeysuckle, so typical of the gin gin clone. The palate is silky, rich, textural and restrained by just a touch of oak tension. Flavours of stone fruits, figs and citrus provide vibrance, while nutmeal and caramel give a building richness to the palate which is then finished with a fine mineral acidity and savoury edge.

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    Cellaring

    A wine of fine structure, silky elegance and restrained purity and power of fruit
    Drink for the next 6 to 8 years.

    Awards

    Double Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016

    Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Show 2016

    Vintage Award
    2015 Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Show 2016
    2015 Double Gold Medal - Chine Wine & Spirits Awards 2016
    2014 Gold Medal - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show (AUS) 2015
    2014 Sutherland Smith Trophy - Best Australian Dry White Table Wine
    2014 Seguin Moreau Special Award – Best Australian Dry White Table Wine of the Show
    2014 Best Australian Dry White Table Wine – Chardonnay
    2014 Gold Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show 2015
    2012 Gold Medal - The Drinks Business
    2012 Silver Medal - Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
    2012 Bronze Medal - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show
    2011 Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
    2011 Silver Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    2010 Silver Medal - Decanter Asia Wine Awards
    2009 Blue-Gold/Top 100 - Sydney International Wine Challenge
    2009 Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge
    2009 Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
    2009 Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2007 Gold Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2007 Silver Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show
    2007 Bronze Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show
    2006 Gold Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2006 Gold Medal - Sydney International Wine Challenge
    2006 Silver Medal - National Cool Climate Wine Show
    2006 Bronze Medal - Chardonnay du Monde
    2006 Bronze Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show
    2005 Blue-Gold/Top 100 - Sydney International Wine Challenge
    2005 Silver Medal - National Cool Climate Wine Show
    2005 Bronze Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show
    2005 Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2004 Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
    2004 Bronze Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
    2003 Bronze Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition

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    Reviews

    96 Points - James Halliday

    95 Points - Huon Hooke

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    Awards

    Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Show 2016

    Double Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016

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    $73.00 per bottle (inc GST)
    RRP: $73.00