Marq Wild Ferment Chardonnay
Margaret River, Western Australia
The grapes are grown at the southern end of Margaret River. The handpicked bunches are cooled overnight before whole bunch pressing in the morning to minimise the extraction of phenolics. The partially clarified juice is left un-inoculated in French oak barrels until the fermentation begins spontaneously. After fermentation the wine remains in barrel with regular stirring for 10 months before assembling for bottling.
The palate is fine and tight with intense white peach, lemon curd and cashew flavours and an attractive chalky mouthfeel. The intense fruit is supported by vibrant acidity and high quality integrated oak. The wine has great length of flavour and demonstrates all the requirements for ageing.
An attractive aroma of white peach and grapefruit with noticeable gun-smoke and flint is displayed on the nose.