Jaraman

Chardonnay 2017

An unusual fusion of Clare Valley & Margaret River resulting in an intensely flavoured, complex yet elegant wine with distinct citrus, white peach & nectarine characters along with a subtle flinty note.

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Previous Vintages 2015, 2016
Region Clare Valley 68% / Margaret River 32%
Colour At release the wine is a very pale straw colour with a youthful green hue.
Nose The wine has intense lifted aromas of melon and lime with hints of stone fruits. There are underlying tropical notes of green pineapple and guava and subtle secondary characters of flint, cedar and spice.
Palate The palate delivers what the bouquet promises; citrus fruits, fig and melon flavours along with a clean, mineral acidity and a touch of lemon zest. Texturally, it is delicate, with a creamy mid palate & integrated oak. The Clare Valley parcel delivers mid palate fleshiness whilst the Margaret River component contributes restrained green fruit notes that are typical of this region. Overall, the wine has a great palate line & length which lingers long after the wine is consumed.
Vintage Conditions For the Clare Valley growing season leading up to vintage 2017, the year's rainfall was above average, it was the wettest recorded since 2000. Soil temperatures remained very low due to the waterlogged conditions & the below average ambient temperatures recorded through the spring resulted in budburst occurring a month later than in recent years. Weather conditions during flowering were favourable & hence fruit set was good across all varieties. Harvest began in late February and picking continued at a slow and steady rate until early May due to the prevailing mild conditions. Overall, our winemakers declared the vintage to be above average in terms of quantity & fruit quality.
In Margaret River, vintage started 2-3 weeks later than the preceding couple of years. This was due to the mild, cool spring weather in the southern part of the state. Cool ripening conditions helps maintain the fresh, bright aromas of varieties like Chardonnay & those from the 2017 vintage are quite stunning in their liveliness and flavour. Autumn was simply perfect; cool crisp mornings & evenings but beautiful warm & sunny days; not too hot, textbook conditions for what may well prove to be a classic Margaret River year, with elegance rather than robustness, flavour rather than force.
Oak Maturation After fermentation in barrel and battonage, otherwise known as yeast lees stirring, the wine was matured for 8 months in French oak barrels (60% new, 20% 2 year old and 20% 3year old) the wine was blended and then bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 13
Acid: 6.5
Residual Sugar: 1.5
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Medium
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2018
  • Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • MUNDUS VINI International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Chardonnay Du Monde
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Stuttgart International Wine Competition
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Tasters Guild Wine Lovers International Consumer Wine Judging
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • The Global Chardonnay Masters
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • The Asian Chardonnay Masters
  • Silver
  • 2018
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 1
  • Bronze
  • Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

    Jun 2019
    87 Points
    Some sweetly floral nuances of orange blossom and tropical fruit intermingle on the nose. The palate is ripe and fleshy. Drink now. Screw cap.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2019
    86 Points
    Tangy and mouthwatering, with expressive pineapple and peach flavors that show off a spicy side on the finish. Drink now.
  • David Bicknell, James Halliday Wine Companion

    Aug 2019
    85 points
    A quirky regional blend. Bright green. Spicy oak sitting on white stone fruit. Citrus and white pepper under. Has plenty of flavour and volume. For the flavour seekers.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Dec 2019
    85 Points
    This wine opens with ripe, slightly sweaty stone and citrus fruits framed in vanillin oak notes. Acidity on the palate doesn’t quite jive with the creamy texture, making the fruit feel a little flat. There’s a peachy, soapy finish.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Aug 2019
    5 stars
    The Jaraman Chardonnay joins Clare Valley’s crispness, structure, and elegance (68% of the blend), with Margaret River’s opulence (32% of the blend). It is a full bodied, fragrant yet intensely flavored wine, with firm acidity, evident oakiness, excellent balance, and a very long finish, tasting of pear, peach, pineapple, candied lemon, lime, vanilla, and toasty oak. 50% native yeast fermented. Aged 8 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. Superb; can be aged.
  • Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2019/20

    May 2019
    2017 Jaraman Chardonnay is a hybrid creature with an unusual story. All Jaramans are cross-regional blends, but this one is part Clare and part Margaret River! Now that is a fair distance to travel to pick up some wine. You’ll have seen Howard Park’s name pop up in this very Report and they are great friends with the Taylor family and so 32% of this peachy wine is cut with Margaret River restraint! With a curvy shape, not dissimilar to a lush, modern Mâcon, this is a fascinating wine.