More gold for the Aravina Estate 2014 Wildwood Ridge Reserve Chardonnay October 19 2015

Aravina Estate’s flagship white wine, the 2014 Wildwood Ridge Reserve Chardonnay has added to its haul of gold medals with yet another one in the Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show 2015 – Class 10, 2014 Dry White Chardonnay.

The Aravina Estate Chardonnay has now won three gold and one silver medal to date. It has already won gold at this year’s Boutique Wine Awards, Perth Royal Wine Show and silver at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, and now gold at the Qantas, Mt Barker show affirming its status as one of the region’s leading Chardonnays. The 2013 vintage collected five trophies at Perth Royal Wine Show in 2014.

Winemaker Jodie Opie said, “the consistent temperate climate that influences the Yallingup vineyard provides a fruit richness which, when combined with wild ferments and time on lees, produces a lively and consistently good expression of Margaret River Chardonnay.”

The Wildwood Ridge Reserve Chardonnay is 100% Estate grown. The fruit was hand-picked in the early hours of the morning from the low yielding (3.7 t/Ha) Block 3 vineyard and transported directly to the winery.

The bunches were chilled for 24 hours prior to being whole bunch pressed. Post settling, the juice was transferred to barriques with a portion of grape solids.

Natural fermentation was used on 100% of the French oak barrels. The wine was left to mature on lees to add complexity and texture. The wine spent nine months in oak barriques and puncheons – 60% new with the balance in one-year-old French oak. The wine was blended, lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.

The wine is currently released and has an RRP of $45.00. It is available through cellar door and the distributors below.