Domaine Naturaliste Purus Chardonnay 2022


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Region: Margaret River
Grapes: Chardonnay
First Glance: Pure White Fruits, Minerality, French Oak

The Wine:
Hand picked, whole cluster pressed. The cloudy juice was wild fermented in French Oak BarriquesIn order to preserve the purity of fruit and natural acidity, the wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. Elevage in 40% new 228L French oak barrels for 10 months with low toast levels. The wood is primarily from the Vosges and Allier forests. 

Purus is a translation of pristine flavours, textures and the climate of southern Margaret River Chardonnay into wine. The vines have been carefully managed to allow only dappled light into the fruiting zone. This promotes flavour development, low tannins and bright levels of natural acidity. The fruit is sourced from select parcels of Dijon clones grown in the cool southern end of Margaret River. The compact bunches of perfectly solarized berries are hand harvested at first light to preserve freshness of fruit. 

Pure perfumes of white pear, jasmine flower and wet granite are elegantly suspended above a palate carved from grapefruit pith and white nectarine flesh. Lashings of focused white fruit tannin and porcelain texture and length culminate in a sheer wall of quenching minerality and bristling tension.