Domaine Naturaliste is the new venture of agronomist award winning winemaker Bruce Dukes. After twenty five years of applying his craftsmanship to international and local producers, Bruce has launched his own range of wines named after the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge which is the dominant land form of viticultural significance in Margaret River; our viticultural domaine.
"The sheer quality of the wines he makes is equalled only by his consistency.” James Halliday
A verve expression of our cool climate Chardonnay from the south of Margaret River. Chardonnay is harvested at moderate ripeness to retain freshness and natural balance. Fermentation in seasoned French oak adds complexity and generosity of texture without compromising the purity of the aromatics. The embodiment of spring. Perfume, texture, delicacy. Approachable and rewarding.
Caesar salad | veal | fish | fresh air
The wine was matured in oak on lees for two months before winter bottling to capture the verve.
The wine began as a cool ferment in stainless steel for retention of lifted aromas and perfumes. Halfway through the ferment the wine was transferred to seasoned and used French oak for barrels to complete fermentation and to allow a gentle ingress of oak characters while preserving freshness and purity.
A great example of a maritime climate with an extended Indian Summer. A bountiful wet winter filling the dams, with a warm and dry spring and summer, allowing lovely balance of natural acidities and physiological ripeness in the fruit.