Reserve Chardonnay 2013
"There has been some development of colour and varietal fruit richness, taking the wine onto another level and justifying 28 months of cellar maturation. A Joy to drink with its panoply of white peach and grapefruit, oak and acidity handmaidens in support. 96 Points" James Halliday Wine Companion 2017
"A new wine for Ashbrook that marks a significant step up in approach and outcome. This is a chardonnay that captures the essential fruit quality that is grown on this estate. It’s been well handled in the winery to bring a layered complexity and refinement. Eight months on lees has introduced both texture and a nutty creaminess which complements the steely thread. Long and flavoursome. 95 Points" Ray Jordan The West Australian Wine Guide 2016
Our 5 blocks of mature Chardonnay vines were hand-harvested in the cool of dawn over 3 days to ensure the optimal flavour profiles of each block were captured. Once a robust fermentation was underway, the wine was racked to an assortment of premium Bordeaux and Burgundian oak barriques with a combination of toasting levels and methods. Only brand new French oak is used to balance and enhance the powerful fruit flavours our Chardonnay consistently achieves. Upon completion of primary fermentation the 100% brand new French oaked wine is allowed to mature on undisturbed lees for 8 months prior to bottling. Malolactic fermentation and battonage were avoided to retain the primary fruit qualities and freshness crucial to our style of Chardonnay. Barrels selected for the Reserve wine displayed an elegance of fruit and length of palate representative of the 2013 vintage and balanced by a backbone of complex oak. Our first Reserve Chardonnay has had 28 months of bottle maturation in our underground climate controlled cellar ensuring a perfectly integrated, delicious and complex wine on release which will age graciously for many years to come.