The Snake + Herring philosophy is simple: explore and celebrate the various viticultural regions of southwest WA. They work with diligent and passionate grape growers who share their love of beautiful wines and sustainable practices. By working with less conventional combinations of region, sub-region and variety, Snake + Herring create wines that are both delicious and memorable.
The 2017 Corduroy Chardonnay is our sixth vintage and is another chapter in the story of a wonderful Chardonnay vineyard. The vintage saw a cool summer with some heavy rain followed by a drier autumn which allowed perfect ripening. Natural acid was preserved by the cold nights and cooler days, which adds backbone and freshness to the Corduroy's renowned power. The Karridale vineyard has an excellent track record with Chardonnay and we have been working with the owners since 2003.
There is an obsessive attention to detail that delivers pristine hand picked fruit perfect for whole bunch pressing. After chilling in a cold room overnight we press the whole clusters of chardonnay direct to barrel: no clarifying, no acid added, no added yeast. The wild ferment kicks off as the juice warms and is slow and even. The oak is seven 500L French oak puncheons (3 new) for excellent oak integration, respect of the fruit and a cool look. After 10 months on full lees (without sulphur dioxide) in oak the wine is assembled (with a small sulphur addition) and was bottled in January 2018. We made 384 dozen.
The lifted signature melon, grapefruit and white nectarine (charred on a hot grill) is complimented by toasted hazelnuts, cashew and some charcuturie. Some white floral clonal chardonnay character too. The pithy midpalate has grapefruit, cashew and creamy richness but a tight acid cut through the finish. Lingers with nectarine, grapefruit and nuts.
The Snake + Herring brand is a wine safari searching for remarkable grapes from West Australian Vineyards. The Search has begun, and our grape balloon manned by Snake (our winemaker) and Herring (our navigator) represent this.The southwest of WA is a viticultural treasure map as there are vineyard jewels scattered throughout. We seek for blocks within vineyards that really shine; they may seem dull when diluted by the bordering lesser dirt. The search is to find and polish these often overlooked gems and present a treasure chest of different jewels: pristine, crystalline Rieslings; crisp, radiant, multi-faceted Chardonnays; alluring, perfumed Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon; dark, exotic, hedonistic Shiraz; brilliant, regal displays of Cabernets and blends.