CHARDONNAY 2008

THE WILLOW

BACKGROUND

All Heydon Estate wines are the product of single vineyards with fruit estate grown on our old Wilyabrup property in the heart of the Margaret River appellation.
This wine is 100% Mendoza clone from our old Chardonnay block.
The 2008 vintage was terrific with plenty of sunshine. Such is the quality and balance of our old Chardonnay block, that again full complex flavour development occurred whilst retaining the classical long acidity and elegance The Willow is renowned for.

VIGNERON GEORGE HEYDON’S COMMENTS

A medium straw colour, tinged with green.

The bright, complex nose opens with our characteristic rich tropical fruits, including nectarine, guava, citrus and honeydew melon.

Nutty characters of almond meal and pistachio, with a hint of vanilla bean, add to the complexity.

The intense palate shows all the minerality, weight, majestic oak, citrus zest and length redolent of classic White Burgundy.

VINIFICATION

The fruit was handpicked on 24th February 2008.

Fruit was whole bunch pressed and fermented in barrel, with wild, indigenous natural yeast strains. Battonage for 2 months. 10% was allowed to undergo malolactic ferment providing textural complexity.

Maturation for 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% second use.

WINE ANALYSIS

Alc/Vol:              13.3 %
Acidity:              7.0 g/l
pH:                    3.23
Residual sugar:  <0.5 g/l