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2019 Streicker Ironstone Block Chenin Blanc

2019 Streicker Ironstone Block Chenin Blanc

Blend

100% Chenin Blanc

Vineyard

Ironstone Block, Wilyabrup

Winemaking Note

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.

Vintage Conditions

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.

Aroma

White nectarine, meringue and shaved almonds.

Palate

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.

Cellaring

Enjoyed for its freshness now or cellar for up to 8 years for further complexity.

Alcohol

12.5%

Accolades

2023 TOP RATED OTHER WHITES, 96/100 - Halliday Wine Companion 2023

 

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Chenin Blanc
Vineyard Designation
Ironstone Block
Acid
6.81g/L
pH
3.09
Aging
Up to 8 years, however we enjoy it for freshness now.
Residual Sugar
0.84g/L
Alcohol %
12.1
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A medium weight and textural Chenin Blanc, grown on the Ironstone vineyard. The aromas are of almond, lemon curd and spiced pears. The palate starts with a soft entry of stone fruit and eastern spices then builds to a fresh, viscous mouthfeel laced with hints of creamy French oak, quince and meringue. The finish is complex and lingering, with tones of apricot blossom and wheat husks.
Vineyard Notes
Ironstone vineyard
Production Notes
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 less with gentle battonage for 7 months before blending and bottling.
Other Notes
The nature of the 2016 to 2017 vintage is reminiscent of the 2009 growing season, because the amount of accumulated warmth up until early new year was remarkably similar. January temperatures were similar to historical data for the area, in contrast, February and March were a fraction cooler. Those who risked all by waiting for the Indian Summer, were rewarded with tannin ripeness and the retention of the most beautiful fruit perfumes at relatively low sugar levels. The 2017 vintage highlighted the importance of best practice vineyard management, focusing on the basics of open and well solarised canopies, with balanced crop loads, so that the fruit could ripen at a reasonable pace.