2021 Streicker Ironstone Block Old Vine Chardonnay
Ironstone Vineyard, Wilyabrup
The fruit is chilled and whole-cluster pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in 40% new, 30% 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill French oak barriques. The barrels are sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity, after which the wine is removed from barrel, clarified and bottled.
The 2021 vintage began with a mild spring and sufficient rainfall. The La Niña weather system created a strong cyclone season in the north, resulting in unusual conditions throughout summer. December and January were warm and dry by comparison, and February saw large rain events and high humidity. High attention to detail was required in the vineyard to alleviate disease pressure, and those who put the extra work in, reaped the rewards. The 2021 whites have incredible flavour, with sauvignon blanc and early harvested chardonnay a standout. The chardonnay for this wine is always the first fruit of our four vineyards to be picked, with hand-picking this year beginning on the 5 February 2021.
Nectarines, freshly cut yellow peach and lime zest dotted with hints of cinnamon, cashews and brioche.
White stone fruits, grapefruit and creamy French Oak, guided by fine lines of fine tannin and brought to yield by generous and soft textures. A persistent and mineral finish of seas-spray and crushed granite.
Enjoyed for its freshness now or cellar for up to 10 years for further complexity.
GOLD & 95 Points - Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2023
91 Points - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2023