2015 Snake & Herring Tough Love Chardonnay
The Snake & Herring 2015 Tough Love Chardonnay is exactly what we envisaged when we first started making this style: tight, focussed fruit in citrus and green melon spectra; medium bodied with creamy lees, funky solids and wild ferment savoriness integrating with subtle oak and providing interest; at its heart a crisp clean style with length paramount.
Chardonnay is the pinnacle of white wines in Margaret River and we love the Karridale region for its line, finesse and its suitability to wild fermentation. Denmark is one of the cooler subregions of the coolest region in WA, the Great Southern. We like Denmark for its lean tight chardonnay which adds class and length.
The blend of the Snake & Herring 2015 Tough Love Chardonnay Yields in 2015 were very low at under 4t/ha and we tend to pick with an eye on acid, making sure we get ripe fruit but balanced acid and long fine structures. The 2015 vintage was an outstanding chardonnay season growing fruit with finesse, fine acidity and classy length. The Karridale component from Margaret River has a citrus and honeydew melon spectrum with a long acid backbone. The Great Southern component is fine delicate and near Riesling-like with a crystalline focus and purity. Line and length in this wine is paramount.
The ferments start naturally in unclarified juices, which builds flesh, texture and complexity when matched with outstanding quality chardonnay fruit..