Churchview Estate The Bartondale Chardonnay

£23.25 / bottle
£265.05 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Churchview Estate The Bartondale Chardonnay is the flagship white wine from Churchview. Produced from their old block Chardonnay which is cane pruned each year.

Churchview Estate is an award-winning, family-owned wine producer located in the Margaret River wine-growing region of Western Australia. The estate was founded in 1999 by father and son team Spike and Raymond Fokkema and is situated near the locality of Metricup just off the Bussell Highway. Spike had emigrated from The Netherlands in the 1950s and had been a successful businessman prior to purchase. Today  the estate is owned and run by Raymond Fokkema and his sister Sharon Bosveld (who joined the family business over 20 years ago). The winemaker is David Longden. Churchview Estate was awarded with a 5 star winery rating in James Halliday’s 2016 and 2020 classifications.

The estate takes it name from the view of the heritage listed Anglican Church of Saint John the Baptist which can be seen from the estate. The single vineyard estate comprises some 100 hectares with 56 hectares of vines. The site was carefully selected for its maritime climate, ideal and fertile gravelly loam soils, ample clean water and north facing slopes and 16 different grapes varieties are grown. Organic certification was awarded in 2020.

Churchview Estate estate produces several different ranges of wine, the flagship wines are the limited release, handcrafted Bartondale range, which is named after the dairy farm that was originally on the site. There follows the St Johns range, made from more unusual grape varieties, which is named after aforementioned, neighbouring church. There is also the fruit driven Silverleaf range.

The grapes for the Churchview Estate The Bartondale Chardonnay is hand harvested in the early part of the morning and stored in a cool room overnight to ensure the fruit is cold for processing the next day. The day after the harvest, the chilled fruit is hand loaded into the press and the juice is transferred directly into new and used French Oak barriques. The barriques are hand loaded into a refrigerated area where spontaneous wild fermentation is encouraged, followed by 12 months of barrel maturation. During this time, the wine was continuously stirred and topped until barrel selection and bottling.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Tasting Notes

Colour: A brilliant light straw

Aroma: Intensely aromatic with freshly squeezed lemon and lime overlaying freshly baked turron. This aroma is complexed with some toasty notes and almond meal.

Flavour: A flavoursome Chardonnay. The palate is fresh with lemon and lime leading the way. This wine has many layers of flavour underlying the bright fruits – the savoury almond meal adds definition and the fresh citrus acidity keeps it all nice and fresh. This wine is all about line and length. A long finish of toasty butterscotch is complimented with some great texture.

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