Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay 2022


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Region: Margaret River
Grapes: Chardonnay
First Glance: Butterscotch, Textural, Funky Reduction

The Wine:
Hand picked fruit was whole-cluster pressed and fermented with wild yeasts. Full malo‐lactic fermentation and lots of lees stirring to encourage texture and weight. Elevage in 40% new 228L medium toast French oak barriques (both Vosges and Allier) for 10 months.

Artus is an artistic translation of our local Gingin clone into wine. It is a provocative, complex and textural wine exuding the seductive spirit of “old world” chardonnay. The vines have been managed to allow only dappled light into the fruiting zone. This promotes flavor development, low tannins and bright levels of natural acidity. The fruit is farmed in the cool southern end of Margaret River. The tiny 100g Gingin clusters are hand harvested at first light to preserve freshness of fruit. Flavours of fresh nectarines and candied pecan nuts are supported by aromas of poached pears and marzipan.