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L.A.S. Vino Chardonnay

Margaret River, Western Australia

L.A.S. Vino

LAS Vino is the creation of Nic Peterkin, son of Mike Peterkin of Pierro winery and Shelley Cullen, Vanya Cullen’s sister...

Nic did a Masters in Oenology and, after vintages in the Napa, Mexico, Portugal and Mendoza, started his own label. LAS refers to the Luck of the weather, the Art of creating and the Science that underpins this creativity. The result is a small quantity of high quality, hand-made wines. The packaging is as impressive as the wine: bottled in dark French glass, closed under Vinolok and sealed with wax, it is finish with the striking, hand drawn labels. The wines fulfil Nic’s stated aim: to make interesting wines with minimum intervention but within the bounds of science.

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Vineyards

The grapes were grown in a small 16 year old vineyard in the heart of the Willyabrup valley. Willyabrup is surrounded by open water on three sides and the vineyards are swept by cool sea breezes blowing in from the Indian and Southern Oceans, retaining the aromatic perfumes of the grapes. The gravel subsoil ensures good drainage, while the high clay content enables good water retention throughout the summer for vine development. The vines are trained using vertical shoot positioning. Although not certified, the vines are grown using organic methods.

Vintage information

Warm hot conditions during the day with warmer than average nights were the norm from early January, with the weather only really cooling down at the end of February. Yields were lower than average due to a cooler spring with high winds during flowering. With almost ideal weather conditions, exceptional fruit was produced showing intense varietal flavours typical of Margaret River. 

Vinification

The fruit was handpicked and sorted to ensure only the highest quality fruit was selected. After whole bunch pressing, the juice was left to settle overnight before starting its natural ferment. The wine was then transferred to ten French oak barrels, three of which were new. The wine in the other seven barrels went through malolactic fermentation, with occasional lees stirring. The finished wine was taken out of the barrel after 10 months and bottled unfiltered to maximise flavour. It was stored in bottle for three months prior to release. 

Tasting Notes

Pale straw in colour. Subtle, elegant and delicate on the nose with vanilla, apple and stone fruit aromas, along with a touch of flint. The wine is light and delicate with citrus and apple flavours, a mild creaminess and a long, smooth finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Margaret River, Western Australia
Winemaker Nicholas Peterkin
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.4g/l
Residual Sugar 0.7g/l
Wine pH 3.21