PICARDY CHARDONNAY 2019
PEMBERTON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
BALANCE TEXTURE TIME
CLASSIC / 750ML
A beautiful balance Chardonnay. The wines complexity is built both in the winery and the vineyard. Multiple clones have been planted and the cropping levels are modestly maintained. Complexity building cellar practices include varying press practices, a broad oak regime and carefully monitored primary and secondary fermentation. All these factors aid in emphasising the unique style of Picardy and its local clime.
From the Producer: Picardy Chardonnay is made from equal portions of the four preferred clones 76, 95, 96 and 277(selected by the University of Dijon) to achieve complexity. Excellent fruit intensity, structure, pH to acid relationship and fine-grained tannins guarantee long life and excellent bottle development. The wines are also very approachable in their early years. The Chardonnay vines carry a maximum of 7 tonnes per hectare, excess fruit being hand-crop thinned at veraison. In order to achieve low yields the vineyard is non-irrigated and cane pruned. Picking time for the Chardonnay is usually around early March. The fruit is ripened to approximately 12° baume, but this is not recipe winemaking and fruit flavour ultimately determines picking dates. The fruit is then handpicked and transported to the winery (only 200 metres away) on the Picardy estate.
In the winery approximately 40% of the Chardonnay is whole bunch pressed and the remainder is destemmed and then pressed. The juice is settled for 48 hours before being racked and the fermentation is then commenced in tank using two different yeast strains to give fruit complexity and texture. Shortly thereafter the wine is racked to a blend of new to four year old French oak barriques to complete fermentation.
While in oak the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. During this period they are lees stirred once per week. Each barrel is checked and topped up weekly. After about 10 months in oak the wine is racked out of barrel to tank and then given a gentle filtration on its way to bottle.
Established in 1993 in the Pemberton region of Western Australia. Picardy is owned and operated by Bill, Sandra, and Dan Pannell. Bill and Sandra were pioneers of the Margaret River region, establishing Moss Wood vineyard and winery in 1969. Moss Wood went on to be a driving force in establishing Margaret River as one of Australia's important growing regions. Picardy strives to continue this tradition of wine making quality and excellence.