The Williams’ Block 2018 Chardonnay
Carefully selected barrels of the best chardonnay are brought together to produce this superb wine. Displaying clean varietal characters with stonefruit, grapefruit and cashew. A lovely, tight citrus acidity and creamy elements from lees drives the length with an elegant structure. The subtle oak nuances are carried by a fresh acidity to an elegant finish.
Please note this wine is sold as a six bottle case.
RRP $50 per/bottle
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Harvested in the cool, early hours of the morning to retain freshness, the fruit was transferred directly to the winery, and gently pressed to tank for overnight settling then transferred to oak with some solids for natural fermentation in barrel. Lees stirring continued following fermentation, MLF not encouraged, barrels sulphured once wine has developed desired weight and complexity. Barrels monitored closely before careful selection to ensure exceptional balance of varietal characters, fermentation nuances, natural acidity and barrel complexity.
The 2018 vintage will go down as a classic, great all-round year. Flowering and fruit set were also exceptional giving solid yields across WA. Some significant rain events in December set up the vineyard with good levels of ground water to see them through ripening. A relatively cool summer has allowed for slow, steady ripening of whites, retaining high levels of natural acidity. The moderate temperatures continued allowing for optimum ripening conditions for reds resulting in wines with elegance, structure and flavour.