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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Wildberry Estate Estate Chardonnay 2007
Wildberry Estate Estate Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 99068)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

These Chardonnay grapes were harvested in the cool of night to capture the varietal melon and peach characters were looking for. Selected yeast strains were used to enhance varietal expression and fermentation was carried out at a low temperature to help maintain fruit freshness. A small portion was fermented in new French hogsheads (the rest in stainless steel) for three months—this was done to help add complexity and depth to the wine, while rounding out the middle palate. Our vines are watered from unpolluted rain of the Southern and Indian Oceans. We start in the vineyard by allowing natural predators to control pests. Several techniques are used to optimize vine balance within the vineyard to produce maximum quality from our fruit. Pruning to ensure vines carry optimum bud number. Shoot thinning in early Spring to minimize shading within the vines. Bunch thinning prior to ripening to remove fruit that is not within Wildberry Estate quality specifications.

This wine shows lifted aromas of fresh pear and white peach overlying hints of honey sweetness. The palate shows richness of ripe fruit well balanced with fresh acidity creating a refreshing and enjoyable drink for all occasions.

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About Wildberry Estate:

The Wildberry Estate winery was established by growers passionate about producing great wine using traditional practices, the best technology, and of course superb fruit.

Being only a few miles inland from the Indian Ocean, and with Geographe Bay just to our North East we are surrounded by water. This has a maritime affect on our climatic conditions which in turn has a stabilizing effect on our grapes as they grow and ripen.

Winemaking is all about the quality of the fruit. Margaret River has been scientifically identified as the most perfect place on earth, to grow premium grapes. Margaret River is blessed with generous winter rains and gravely soils with the benefit of cool ocean breezes guarded by tall karri, jarrah and peppermint forests.

We have created an outstanding range of wines showing intensity and freshness, embracing the best of Margaret River.