Heydays 2021 — Chardonnay
Chardonnay from Mt Barker & Margaret River.
Fermented in 500lt old French oak puncheons and ceramic eggs.
A textural and raw West Australian Chardonnay.
Varietal/s / Region/s
Great Southern (Mount Barker) & Margaret River (Karridale)
Alcohol - 12.5%Vol.
Chardonnay - Harvesting fruit at different times to get a diverse range of flavours the whole bunches were pressed directly to big old French oak puncheons where the natural fermentation evolved over a number of weeks. As the yeast settled and the wine brightened, the lees were stirred back into suspension to keep the wine fresh and to build texture. Malolactic fermentation happens naturally during the few months the wine rested in oak and ceramic eggs until the acidity of the wine is in a delicate balance with the fruit.
Another change up this year with Mount Barker dictating even more of the style than the 2020 release, yet Heydays is still overtly, beautifully and enticingly Chardonnay. Delicate floral aromas of honeysuckle, apricot, and lemon zest. Flavours of stone fruit, lychee and pear combine in a silky and seamless manner. The fine, mineral acidity and oak tension adds restraint, texture and length.