2019 Streicker Ironstone Block Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc
Ironstone Block, Wilyabrup
The fruit is harvested at the coldest part of the day, cold crushed to press and skin contacted for 6 hours before gentle pressing. The juice is cold settled and racked to old French oak barriques for fermentation. When fermentation was complete, the wine was then aged on it’s lees with gentle battonage for 7 months before blending and bottling.
The 2019 vintage required high attention to detail in the vineyard and highlighted the benefit of having four diverse vineyards across the Margaret River region. Weather patterns were inconsistent, presenting challenges in budburst and flowering throughout the winter and spring months. A lack of extreme temperatures in summer and autumn combined with leaf-plucking, shoot thinning and bunch thinning encouraged more even ripening. Nets were essential to protect fruit, with a lack of Marri blossom in the region to distract the bees and birds. The resulting low yields presented fragrant wines with succulent natural acidities.
White nectarine, meringue and shaved almonds.
Rich flavours of freshly cut peaches, brioche and lemon grass are gently balanced by soft natural acid and generous textures of whipped cream and citrus blossoms. A fine and focused finish of crushed granite and sea-spray.
Enjoyed for its freshness now or cellar for up to 8 years for further complexity.
2023 TOP RATED OTHER WHITES, 96/100 - Halliday Wine Companion 2023