Great Southern Chardonnay

Great Southern

Three Lions

The Three Lions wines are new from Plantagenet. The name Plantagenet was given...

to the shire in Western Australia by early English settlers, and was adopted by the winery when it was established in 1974. The arms of the Gules family, who later became the Plantagenet dynasty, were three lions passant guardant, termed colloquially "the arms of England". They were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (1189–1199), son of King Henry II of England (1154–1189), son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113/17–1151). Plantagenet the winery is now self-sufficient, with 126 hectares of vineyard in Great Southern. All their wines are now made from estate fruit, so it makes sense that they should introduce a new label, with a link to the name Plantagenet, to showcase this fruit.

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Vineyards

Plantagenet’s total 126 hectares of vineyard have been carved out of the region’s distinctive Marri soils, named after the massive native Marri, or Red Gum, trees that grow here. The soils are gravelly loams with good drainage over a base of clay, sand or the ironstone rock, ensuring that the vines are not over-watered or over-fertilised, thus allowing for optimal fruit concentration.

Vintage Information

The winter was relatively mild after the month of June, with temperatures well above the average during late July and early August. Cool wet conditions in spring increased soil moisture and produced large canopies. Big canopies, light yields and warm conditions in summer accelerated vine phenology and forwarded the commencement of vintage to mid-February. The anticipation was that vintage would be condensed and ripening would be rapid. Thankfully temperature subsided and the nights became cool. The pace of the final stage of ripening was tempered, and thus flavour and the aromatic profile of the fruit were able to develop, along with a delicate acid structure.

Vinification

A variety of winemaking techniques were employed to create this wine. A larger proportion of machine harvested fruit was gently pressed with 80% of clean juice fermented in stainless steel and 20% fermented in third used oak barrels. A smaller proportion was hand picked and whole bunch pressed, then underwent wild fermentation in oak and stirring on lees for nine months. Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged. The resultant blend is a contemporary style of Chardonnay that is complex and yet fruit driven.

Tasting Notes

A delicate and pure fruity style of Chardonnay, bursting with stone fruit and lemon blossom aromas. Lively flavours of grapefruit and lemon meringue are balanced by a subtle richness, while nervy cool climate acidity brings great persistence and just a hint of minerality.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Great Southern, Western Australia
Winemaker Luke Eckersley
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.39