2006 was a record cool year for Western Australia, allowing more time for our fruit to accumulate flavour. Our Scott-Henry plot was picked on 22 March, while our VSP plot Chardonnay was picked on 30 March – by far the latest our Chardonnay has ever been picked!
2006 was also an incredibly low yielding year for Chardonnay – even for Woodlands! While the long term average yield of Woodlands is a meager 1.75 tonnes peracre, 2006 produced an incredibly low 1.2 tonnes per acre!
Following primary fermentation, the wine was left on lees to enhance complexity. Our ‘Chloe’ has spent a total of 11 months in French oak, of which 43% was new, 43% was one year old and 14% was two years old.
Tasting Note (September 2009):
Our 2006 ‘Chloe’ has an intense gold colour. The nose shows primary characters of citrus, stone fruit, guava, and lifted spice. The nose also shows hints of tight grained French oak.
The palate shows the same stone fruit and guava characters as the nose, enhance by a creamy texture from bottle development. The finish is long and intense – still showing complex Burgundian barrel influences it had on release.
This wine has been bottled in Stelvin.
96 points Jeremy Oliver 01 Jan 2015
94 Points – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009