Altus/Rise Ascension Chardonnay 2023


A fine Chardonnay from the Margaret River, from an excellent vintage (which seems compulsory for the region). The fruit saw a gentle pressing before fermentation in barrel with wild yeasts and regular stirring, resulting in a wine of both balance and intensity. A gleaming gold colour, the nose offers notes of apricot, orange rind, cashews, stonefruits and spices. There is good oak integration, with a hint of evidence but it is melding well. A wine of medium to good length, with good power, which remains focused. Enjoy it now and over the next four years.