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2009 ALDERSYDE ESTATE CHARDONNAY $22
Restrained and sensual, opening with whispers of cinnamon spice and almond milk.
Tantalising peach and grapefruit character, supple glossy palate and vivacious acid
crunch. Drink it with fresh shellfish, marron or western rock lobster. Only four barrels
(70 dozen bottles) produced. Drink now to three years.
In a district of boutique family producers, the next generation has taken
the reins, and Lara Bray is leading the charge with the launch of Aldersyde
Estate. A love of wine lured her away from a legal career to study oenology
at Adelaide University. She showed natural talent as dux of the Len Evans
tutorial, going on to judge at wine shows across the country. Lara worked
as assistant winemaker at Cape Mentelle for over three years before taking
on the family estate from mother Di Bray in 2008. Formerly known as Piesse
Brook, Aldersyde Estate lays claim to the district’s oldest commercial
vineyard, dating back to 1974. The property has undergone a complete
reinvigoration, culminating in the first release of the Aldersyde label this
year. Lara is justifiably thrilled by the success, with the 2008 cabernet
sauvignon winning gold at Swan Valley Wine Show.
As a boutique producer, she works hands-on with lots of small batches
and has the ability to take risks in the winery. We are talking handpicking,
sorting, natural fermentation and techniques learned during vintages in
Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley and Barolo. She feels a responsibility
to push the boundaries to create wine with a different voice from the
mainstream. The result is plenty of character and personality.
Aldersyde Estate produces chardonnay, rose, shiraz, merlot, cabernet
sauvignon and a cabernet shiraz blend, all presenting outstanding value at
just $16-18 each. Just two barrels of reserve malbec from the old vines of the
original vineyard will be released next year to form the pinnacle of the range.
“It’s the malbec that makes me smile the most,” says Lara. “It is made in a
big, jet black style from amazing fruit with tiny, concentrated berries.” The
beautiful Aldersyde label features a surviving orange tree from the historic
orchard and Lara’s playful border collie, Oban. You can hit the cellar doors of
Perth Hills within 30 minutes of the CBD.
– Louise Radman
Aldersyde Estate, 226 Aldersyde Road, Bickley (08) 9293 3309,
ALDERSYDE OF THE HILLS
THE NEXT GENERATION IS MOVING INTO THE PERTH HILLS
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