Freya is a Chardophile with Chardonnay from a family property set on
the Margaret River itself in a locality called Burnside. Planted in 1981
by her father David on a bend in the river (Burnside means – one who
lives on the side of a river) its unique micaceous black soils are a
stones through from our own home & only 2km from where the river
meets the ocean. The Chardonnay rows are on a steep northerly aspect
with rows running in a north-west, south-east orientation.
The Chardonnay was hand picked.
By using biodynamic methods in our vineyard & natural winemaking
techniques we aim to make expressive styles that are fun, youthful &
different to the mainstream.
All of our fruit comes from our family-owned vineyards in two varying
locations - Burnside & Osmington. We much prefer locality names as
we feel they better represent the small communities that exist within
Our winemaking relies on the intangible senses of inspiration, intuition
& innovation. By using these we seek out a more informed expression
of who we are whilst respecting the purity of our natural ingredients.
Our immediate family, consisting of two sons Roi & Hamish, are what
we enjoy the most. Our core wines are mirrored on the personalities of
our younger extended family. They sometimes push the boundaries.
We have Chardonnay because it grows well, has intensity in all
elements & we love to drink it. The fact it went in the ground during
our childhood builds for us, an association with its existence & a
compelling urge to emulate the Burnside sites’ full potential.
Chardonnay is a chameleon variety that finds balance in any wine
style. Making it is always effortless yet challenging in the same stroke.
This wine has a natural acid backbone with tremendous fruit intensity
& depth of flavour.
ressed straight to barrel. Natural
yeasts get the job done on all our wines, macro oxygenation preferment
ensures these site yeasts flourish, & in doing so they enhance the
expression of the Burnside persona.
Barrels are French with 30% being new from a 300 litre Hogshead &
the remainder 5 year old barriques. There is no stirring just topping &
tasting on a fortnightly basis.
Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in late autumn & early
spring providing a nice natural cover of CO2 during maturation. The
wine remains undisturbed with some sulphur added just prior to a
December bottling. We blended off the bench from barrel before
bottling a week later.
Please note, as the wine is unfined & unfiltered, it may present some
harmless deposits in the bottle.
Please drink our wines with someone special, watch them grow &
remember the importance of individuality & self-expression.