Driftwood Wines Single Site Chardonnay 2020
Driftwood Wines Single Site Chardonnay 2020

Driftwood Wines Single Site Chardonnay 2020

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This elegant refined chardonnay displays complex aromas of white stone fruits, lemon sorbet, orange blossom, frangipani, vanilla yogurt, butterscotch and toasted Walnuts.

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Categories: , , Brand: Driftwood Margaret RiverDriftwood Wines
Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.

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Tasting notes

This elegant refined chardonnay displays complex aromas of white stone fruits, lemon sorbet, orange blossom, frangipani, vanilla yogurt, butterscotch and toasted Walnuts. The palate is lined with layers of creamy texture, crunchy vibrant pure fruit and fragrant floral flavours bound by well-integrated complementary French oak that lingers on the tongue. Delicate phenolics dance with grapefruit pith and lemon juice which gives way to a driving mineral backbone, resulting in a wine of great length, focus and poise.

Winemaker notes

The Chardonnay is a Gin Gin clone sourced entirely from the Driftwood Estate vineyard blocks 21 and 20. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed to tank, and then immediately transferred to barrel for fermentation. All barrels underwent a wild fermentation with high solids, ranging from 476-579 NTU, which leads to greater complexity and texture in the finished wine. Following completion of fermentation, SO2 was added to prevent malolactic fermentation. All batches were kept separate and lees stirred every 3 weeks over the 9-months’ maturation in barrel. On November 8, barrels were hand-selected following rigorous sensory assessment and blended together in preparation for cold and heat stabilisation, filtration and bottling in December 2020.

Vintage report

Harvest of our premium Chardonnay commenced on 31 January and continued through early February, followed closely by the remaining white varietals. Whites were fermenting away as the first reds started coming in by 21 February. The weather was glorious through the end of February and March, allowing the flavours to marry with the sugar levels in the grapes. Malbec and Shiraz proved fruitful and vibrant, and then patience was rewarded with excellent varietal expression throughout the Cabernet and Merlot. Another vintage to remember from Margaret River. All the grapes were in by the end of March.

Awards & accolades

TOP GOLD | JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALIAN CHARDONNAY AND CABERNET CHALLENGE 2021

96 POINTS | RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2022

96 POINTS + BEST WINE OF SHOW | WA BOUTIQUE AND SINGLE VINEYARD WINE SHOW 2021

GOLD MEDAL | PERTH ROYAL WINE SHOW 2021

GOLD MEDAL | MARGARET RIVER WINE SHOW 2021

Product Specifications

Brand name: Driftwood Wines
Region: Margaret River
Variety: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Kane Grove
Current Vintage: 2020
Colour: Brilliant pale lemon with hints of green hues
Alcohol volume: 13.2%
pH: 3.32
Total acidity: 7.5 g/l
Oak: French oak (44% new)
Maturation: 9 months