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2014 Wilyabrup Chardonnay - 2015 to be released 1st August
2014 was unanimously considered one of the strongest vintages for Chardonnay in Margaret River. Our Wilyabrup Chardonnay expresses the power and purity of this noble variety in spades.
Lenton Brae has a special affinity with Wilyabrup Chardonnay, celebrating 25 consecutive vintages of growing and vinifying with the release of the 2014 Wilyabrup Chardonnay. This release varies only slightly but significantly from previous years. It comprises about 20% of the ‘Bernard’ clones, originally sourced from Burgundy. Their inclusion brings lifted aromatics with a finer balance and flavour complexity to the palate at a lower alcohol level, complementing the power and texture of the ‘Gin Gin’ clone. The outstanding 2014 provided perfect conditions for chardonnay ripening. The grapes are handpicked, chilled then gently pressed before fermentation in new and used French oak barrels. Vineyard Selection: The fruit is sourced exclusively from Lenton Brae’s vineyard
Fermentation: 50% New and 50% 1 and 2 year old French Oak
Alcohol: 13%