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Grace Town Chardonnay
Grace Town
Australia - Western Australia - Margaret River

The Margaret River region is known around the world for its top-quality wines and food. While the region produces less than three per cent of Australia's wine, it accounts for more than a fifth of its premium wine. Coastal influences in the Margaret River area yield chardonnay with tropical fruit notes. 

The nose displays deep aromatic fruit concentration of melon and nectarine, with a touch of citrus, toasted almond and nougat. The palate is delightfully complex yet soft with excellent fruit intensity, gingerbread and spice from the French oak. Ripe white nectarine and melon characters are paired with a fresh grapefruit acidity. All these flavor components will further develop, with some cellaring, to create a palate that is textural, ripe and lingering.

Specifications
Appellation
Margaret River
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Chardonnay
Age of vines
Average 30 years
Soil type
Deep, well-drained, red gravelly Loam
Vinification
The grapes are picked in February at 13.0 Baume sugar level (riper end of the spectrum) with a pH ~3.35 and acidity at ~7.5 grams/Litre.
The wine was fermented with a yeast strain from Burgundy, known to increase texture during fermentation. During the 4 months after alcoholic fermentation, the winemakers regularly stirred whilst in oak (battonnage), which also increases mouthfeel, from components from the yeast lees. These compounds will polymerise over time, adding a rounder flavor and textural profile. A small portion of the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation, after the primary alcoholic fermentation.
Oak: 4 months, in 33.3% new, 33.3% 1 year old, and 33.3% 2 year old French oak
Pairings

Salads, Chicken and Light Fare. Corn and Crab Chowder.

Reviews and News

2020 Grace Town Chardonnay - 88 PTS - SILVER - BTI

2020 Grace Town Chardonnay - 88 PTS - SILVER - BTI

bti"Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple butter, grapefruit, white flowers, and hints of basil with a velvety, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish displaying notes of hints of apricot, pineapple preserves, and wet stone with no oak flavor. An elegant, smooth-sipping unoaked Chardonnay with gentle fruit and lovely acidity.”
- Beverage testing Institute (November 2020), 88 pts

Producer Information: Grace Town

Grace Town is a special project by Fran Kysela and Kysela Pere et Fils, highlighting impressive terroirs and fruit-driven wines. The project currently features a Chardonnay from Australia’s famed Margaret ...
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