The stellar run of vintages continues for Margaret River whites in what must be some kind of world record for a premium wine region. The uninterrupted line of first rate growing seasons defies belief. Even 2006, which was tricky for Margaret River reds, delivered exceptional white wines to the region. Last year, we described the 2011 Pierro Chardonnay as perhaps the best ever. ‘While it’s very much in style, reflecting its Willyabrup site, there’s something that takes it to another level: perhaps it has greater depth of flavour and better harmony between its component parts.’
There are no secrets to the winemaking for the Pierro Chardonnay. The approach has been refined over the past decade or so to take into account the advances to winemaking which were made possible by the new winery – built in 2000. Mike Peterkin believes that this new technology has improved the ageing potential of the Chardonnay. Whole bunch pressing has lowered its phenolic content. The temperature of each batch of grapes is now lower than before and this has given more delicacy and greater length to the wine. Paying greater attention to the levels of dissolved oxygen and sulphur dioxide during processing and the use of screwcaps, which offer better protection from oxidation, have also contributed to improved ageing.
This white wine is still influenced by Mike Peterkin’s philosophy that strongly supports the role of the malolactic fermentation. He believes that this can play a part in improving the flavour and length of palate of Pierro’s flagship wine. Likewise, battonage (regular lees stirring of barrels) is seen as vital to the style because it contributes a seamless character and creamy texture to the wine. Barrel fermentation in new (50%) and one year old French barriques remains a constant.
The 2013 Pierro Chardonnay is subtle, restrained and delicate with bright white peach and nectarine flavours and a wonderful mouthfeel, unctuous and viscous with lingering tangy acidity. It is fresh, vibrant and neatly integrated with impressive purity, balance and underlying power.
Varietal : Chardonnay,
Brand name : Pierro 2013 Chardonnay,
Liquor style : white wine,
Size : 750ml,
Current vintage : 2013,
Standard drinks : 7.7,
Country : Australia,
Region : Margaret River wineries,
State : Western Australia,
Varieties : Chardonnay,
A finer and slightly more angular chardonnay than previous vintages. Yet it retains that deep concentration of fruit that stamps the Pierro class together with a distinctly textural mouthfeel that comes as a result of Peterkin’s use of malolactic fermentation to complete the wine. Lovely light toast and butterscotch flavours are features of the rich palate. CELLAR 5 years