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RegionMargaret River, WA
WinemakerMatt Byrne
ColourPale to mid straw with a bright green tinge.
AromaAbundant aromas of stonefruit and rockmelon and hints of shortbread yeast characters.
PalateAn intensely up-front flavoured wine with ripe stonefruit, honeydew and rockmelon with fresh apple pie and shortbread notes from time spent maturing on yeast lees post-fermentation coming through on the middle palate. The finish is long, well balanced and gives an excellent clean lasting length.
Growing ConditionsA very distinct vintage - the dry, warm Spring and Summer meant it was tracking early but a tropical rain event on 19-January saw 50-70mm fall across the region which pushed back harvest dates slightly – the reds (especially Cabernet and Merlot) very much appreciated this rainfall and although we thought the whites may suffer berry split and subsequent high disease pressure, the hard work from our Vineyard Managers coupled with the warm, dry conditions and fresh daily sea breezes resulted in no issues – another “lucky” vintage in Margaret River!

Out of our main white varieties, Sauvignon Blanc stands out – with great aromatics, perfume and length of flavour. Chardonnay though, is yet again the pick of the white varieties, with extraordinary flavour depth and length at some of the lowest Baume levels seen – we have picked a number of parcels at 11.6-12.0 Baume but tasting like they have been picked much riper and richer.

Just following Easter, late March (29th) saw the tail end of a weak tropical system move through which saw approx. 12mm of rain as it moved through to the South-East. Most reds were picked by this date with the rain being a great little freshener for the older Cabernet vines in Wilyabrup that still had fruit on them.

Overall, the reds and especially Cabernet, look exceptional with higher yields than in 2015 meaning better vine balance and rate of ripening, smaller bunches and some of the smallest berry size I have seen for many years. Great thick skins and flavour concentration also – it may be a Cabernet vintage that will last for many years in the Cellar.
Vinification/MaturationSelect Chardonnay parcels were picked at full ripeness from our vineyards located in central and northern parts of the Margaret River winegrowing region. The fruit was destemmed only (not crushed) before being must chilled to 10C at the winery and lightly pressed in an airbag press to minimise the pickup of phenolics. All the juice was settled overnight and rough racked the following day to ensure solids were included in the fermentation. Following fermentation, a parcel was also allowed to go through full malo-lactic fermentation with all parcels remaining on yeast lees to add additional texture and complexity.Only 20% of the blend was fermented in French oak. Select parcels were then blended and the final blend was stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
Alcohol/Vol13.5%
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date07-07-2016
Peak Drinking2017-2019
Recommended Food PairingHommus and tzatsiki dip and crackers

Enjoyed by wine lovers who appreciate wines from one of Australia’s most prestigious wine-producing regions, the Evans & Tate Classic range embodies the essence of Margaret River’s desirable lifestyle where the weather is perfect, the people are relaxed and the sound of surf is never far away. Consistent and reliable, wine drinkers have come to trust the reputation of Evans & Tate Classic implicitly. This consistency in style, coupled with a global trend towards lighter, more refreshing wine, has led to the expansion of the range which now includes Classic Chardonnay, Classic Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (White), Classic Cabernet Merlot, Classic Shiraz and Classic Pink Moscato.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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