The Shakre Chardonnay epitomizes the new wave of Australian Chardonnay and demonstrates why Margaret River has become the benchmark wine region in Australia for Chardonnay. Sourced entirely from un-irrigated old vine Mendoza clone Chardonnay from Wilyabrup, the premier sub region of Margaret River, the Shakre is designed to display the strengths of modern Chardonnay; bright, light and clean fruit aromas and flavours but with added textural complexity that lifts the wine away from the pack of mono flavoured Sauvignon Blancs. The 2011 Shakre Chardonnay is made from two components; the larger part (80%) was fermented in stainless steel tank at low temperature to preserve the delicacy and brightness of the primary fruit. The balance of the wine was fermented in French oak barriques to provide that essential palate complexity which makes Chardonnay stand out as the greatest of white wines while not making the wine overly oaky in character and thus avoiding the over the top characters that we used to see in Chardonnays of the 90s, wines that alienated a whole generation of drinkers from the variety. Bright, clean and more aromatic than usual, the Shakre entices you with its rich fruit and subtle oak nuances before enveloping the palate with spotless Chardonnay fruit and citrus notes. With textual mid palate weight, there’s more here than meets the eye, with a crisp clean acid dry finish that lingers on, and on...and on The 2011 Shakre will provide all the brightness and freshness that makes it a casual uncomplicated white wine accompaniment to any meal while also having sufficient complexity of structure and texture to be a ‘stand alone’ wine of merit.