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RegionMargaret River, WA
WinemakerMatt Byrne
ColourBright & brilliant ?pale green rim.
AromaCitrus, melon and nectarine fruits overlayed with subtle notes of dried herbs, freshly toasted spices and tropical fruit notes from wild barrel fermentation on solids.
PalateBright, fresh and long with lovely flavor intensity. Subtle textural and savoury elements from wild fermentation on solids adds complexity and the stamp of house style.
Growing ConditionsThe exceptional 2014 vintage started in September 2013 where rainfall for this month was over double the long term average ?a great start to the season to set up the vines ?This was followed by very dry but not hot conditions (utopia for wine grape growing). These mild conditions retained grape acids and minimised phenolics in the white varieties whilst maximising their aromatic and flavour intensity. The slow even rate of ripening meant harvest decisions were very precise with the result being exceptionally balanced juices and wines.
Vinification/MaturationA combination of hand picking and gentle machine picking was undertaken in late February and early March with some of the cold fruit being directly loaded into the press for whole bunch pressing. This gentle handling of the cold grapes and juice is critical to produce our unique style of Metricup Road Chardonnay. Two-thirds of the Chardonnay underwent wild fermentation in French oak barrels. The remaining 1/3 component underwent fermentation in tank on solids using a selected yeast strain. All batches remained on yeast lees for 10 months. Select barrels were then blended and the final blend was stabilised and filtered only once prior to bottling and a period of bottle maturation.
Acidity (TA)6.95 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date19-03-2015
Peak DrinkingThis wine is drinking well now but careful cellaring until 2017+ will be rewarded.
Recommended Food PairingCoconut crumbed Geographe Bay Whiting Fillets
Quality chardonnay for the price. Has a level of sophistication with a mix of light stonefruit and brioche plus a nutty citrus tang on the palate. There’s good weight and structure. Fine-grained oak works neatly to harness the fruit through to a sustained finish. Plenty to like about it
90 points
Ray Jordan The West Australian

Metricup Road runs through the heart of Margaret River and since 1974, the lush vineyards of Evans & Tate have lined their way along Metricup Road as you travel through the region. The new 2014 vintage Chardonnay introduces a new look to our award-winning range of wines.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm


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