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Fire Gully Chardonnay

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This powerful wine is the second label to Margaret River’s Pierro winery, who proudly make one of the country’s most collectable Chardonnays. This is no slouch either, displaying real presence in the glass. You’ll find complexity, texture and enormous fruit flavour in this agreeably modern Chardonnay. It’s got pear and peach aromas on the nose before an elegant fruit profile and nicely cleansing acids. A celebrated style that pairs well with food such as shellfish and poultry.

Winemaker's Notes

As always, this white is sourced from the Fire Gully vineyard, just down Metricup Road not farfrom Pierro by road, and even shorter distance across country. The Chardonnay blocks were planted originally in 1988. The grapes are hand picked, chilled overnight in the winery cool room and then sorted by hand and pressed the next morning at low temperatures so that the wines show less phenolics, greater finesse and more elegance that was previously possible. The juice is then fermented and matured in French barriques to provide structure, complexity and mouth-feel.

The current vintage of the Fire Gully Chardonnay is very much in keeping with previous vintages although it shows a touch more cedary oak on the nose at the minute. It has delightful freshness and vibrancy in its youth, with pure grapefruit flavours and a hint of nectarine. It is more savoury and hence less sweet than some Margaret River Chardonnays, with a soft mouth feel, pleasing fleshiness in the mid-palate and gentle tangy natural acidity to finish. While it could be cellared in the short-term, it's great early drinking and so our recommendation is gulp and enjoy.

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Fire Gully Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
A lighter style of chardonnay but one that offers a degree of subtle complexity and interest. Lifted fresh citrus aromas with a little understated oak. The palate is fine and delicately poised. It’s mostly in stainless steel and the small amount of French oak in barrel has made all the difference to a modern style of chardonnay. But it still has loads of persistent favour.
5 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The fragrant bouquet and bright fruit of the palate reflect the major portion of the wine fermented in stainless steel, the touch of complexity from the smaller barrel ferment portion; the varietal fruit expression is pure Margaret River.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Peterkin's aim here has been to make a lighter style of chardonnay for immediate drinking or at best short-term cellaring. It is mostly fermented in stainless steel with only a small amount of French oak. It retains a delightful lifted freshness with a racy almost crunchy vibrant palate. Thoroughly enjoyable wine.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
91
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A typically rich and creamy Pierro style underpins this, their junior label offering. Ripe peach and nectarines here; some butterscotch and biscuit spices too. The palate has smooth and supple texture, some peach and citrus flavours, and a bright, fresh kick through the finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A pleasantly complex bouquet and palate, with just a touch of oak adding to the quite intense nectarine and melon fruit; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
This is more pristine and pure form of Chardonnay in that it gets mainly stainless steel tank fermentation with a smaller amount of oak influence. Having said that it retains plenty of flavour intensity and complexity to support short term cellaring. Long texture with a crisp almost refreshing finish.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
No reduction; a clean, fresh light- to medium-bodied wine with a citrus and stone fruit mix, and minimal oak influence.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A wine of elegance and finesse; bright stone fruit aromas and flavours are complexed by just a touch of barrel ferment; very good length and drive.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
No reduction; subtle melon and cashew fruit; medium-bodied and well balanced; gentle oak handling.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90

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