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2016 Credaro Margaret River 1000 Crowns Chardonnay

Margaret River

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Our Price: $42.99 / bottle (RRP: $65.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'This wine has absolutely stunning purity and length, and a gold-plated future.'
97 Points - James Halliday (Previous 2015 Vintage)

  • Credaro have an outstanding future ahead of them, especially when they keep releasing wines of the calibre of this 2015 1000 Crowns Chardonnay.

    It's Margaret River to a tee. Full throated, mealy, with butterscotch and almonds, the fruit is glossy and powerful. Exceptional stuff that will have them fast becoming compared with the likes of Leeuwin's Art Series or Vasse Felix's Heytesbury.

    The Credaro family have a distinguished heritage in Western Australia as a pioneering family who settled in northern Margaret River in 1922. The family had humble beginnings within the agriculture and timber industries, building bridges for the first railways and major roads in the region.

    The family has been commercially involved in the wine industry since the 80’s, when their first plantings began supplying other established Margaret River wineries. Today the family manages 140 hectares of vines over seven separate vineyards across Margaret River, in the regions of Wilyabrup, Carbunup, Treeton, Yallingup and Wallcliffe. The Credaro family produce all of their own wines, in their 1200-tonne winery in Northern Margaret River, which was built in 2003.


    Our finest chardonnay fruit comes from two vineyards, one is our most southern vineyard near Witchcliffe and the other is a stunning north facing slope located in the area of Metricup. The fruit was carefully hand picked and whole bunch pressed in the cool of the early morning, in small 2 - 3 tonne batches. The first 500L/t of juice was run off directly to barrel, with no additions made to the juice. The fermentation for this wine occurred naturally with indigenous yeasts i.e. “wild” fermented. No acid or fining agents were added to the wine during production whatsoever. All barrels had SO2 added immediately post fermentation with no MLF allowed to occur. The lees were stirred monthly and the wine was matured for eight months in oak. All of the barrels used were French with a mixture of barriques (225L) and larger format oak (300 - 500L). Approximately 30% of the oak was new with the remaining two thirds made up of one and two - year old barrels.

    Vintage Notes - The exceptional 2014 vintage started in September 2013 where rainfall for this month was over double the long term average (215mm). This was a perfect start to the season to set up the vines, through to harvest. It was a moderate, warm summer in Margaret River, with remarkably unchanging conditions day after day, right up until autumn and the final days of harvest. These mild conditions retained grape acids and minimised phenolics in the white varieties whilst maximising their aromatic and flavour intensity. The slow even rate of ripening meant harvest decisions were very precise with the result being exceptionally balanced juices and wines. The reds also had moderate Baume levels at full ripeness and a fineness of tannin. There are many similarities to the 2008 vintage in Margaret River.


    Colour - pale straw with a green tinge. 
    Nose - Fragrant white peach and citrus notes with pear and subtle nougat nuances. 
    Palate - Medium-full bodied palate with flavours of stonefruits, zesty grapefruit and citrus blossom complemented by a creamy texture from lees influence. The fine, delicate acid line provides a mineral framework for the wine and allows the fruit flavours to linger through the long, flavoursome finish.



    'Fascinating: this and the '15 Kinship Chardonnay have identical estate origins, part from Credaro's most southern vineyard near Witchcliffe, part from its Metricup Vineyard, both hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented, no additions other than SO2, both fermented and matured in French oak (30% new). This wine has absolutely stunning purity and length, and a gold-plated future. Gold medals Margaret River Wine Show '16 and Sydney International Wine Competition '16.'

    97 Points - James Halliday

    'Rich, soft fleshy wine. Nougat and creamy lees aromas; also stone fruits and some butterscotch traces. Sumptuous flavour and gorgeous texture; medium to long carry. (Metricup & Karridale grapes.)'
    94 Points - Huon Hooke

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