Butterscotch | Texture | Funky French Oak

Artus 2017 Chardonnay

$49.00

MEMBERS: $39.20

Artus is an artistic translation of our local Gin Gin clone into wine. It is a provocative, complex and textural wine exuding the seductive spirit of “old world” chardonnay.

The vines have been managed to allow only dappled light into the fruiting zone. This promotes flavor development, low tannins and bright levels of natural acidity. The fruit is farmed in the cool southern end of Margaret River. The tiny 100g Gin Gin clusters are hand harvested at first light to preserve freshness of fruit.

Flavours of fresh nectarines and candied pecan nuts are supported by aromas of poached pears and marzipan.

Alcohol

13.0% by vol.

Food Matching

Roast free range chicken | salmon | smoked butter on sourdough

Growing Season

A long, cold and wet winter put the vines in good stead the season to come. Moderate temperatures and constant summer breezes, along with manicured canopies led to pristine fruit. This gentle and consistent ripening in idyllic conditions has led to wines of unsurpassable fruit purity and textural drive.

Variety

Gin Gin clone Chardonnay | Single Vineyard

Winemaking

The cloudy juice from the hand picked and whole cluster pressed fruit begins fermentation spontaneously in toasty French oak barrels. The wild yeasts, full malolactic fermentation and year of sur lie (maturation on lees) allow the wine to create its own story.

Maturation

40% new 228 L medium toast French oak barriques for 10 months. The wood is primarily from the Voges and Allier forests.

Cellaring Potential

Attractive in youth and captivating with up to 8 years maturation.

Harvested

22nd March 2017

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