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Deep Woods 2017 Reserve Chardonnay awarded 97 points in 2020 Halliday Wine Companion

2017 reserve chardonnay

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The 2017 Reserve Chardonnay is now sold through. However, we will be launching the new 2018 vintage later in the year. Our Fogarty Wine Group Rewards Club members will not only be the first to hear once the wine is released but will also exclusively have the chance to preorder the wine ahead of the general release date. 

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Mid-light straw with tinges of green.


Notes of fresh stone fruit and citrus blossom combine with warm straw, cedar spice and chipped oyster shell aromas.


This wine displays a pure and elegant palate of white stone fruit, lime zest and blossom. A fine acid backbone combines with juicy phenolic structure to produce a wine of depth, power, and complexity.


Optimum drinking within five to ten years of vintage.

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The 2017 growing season was by most measures, an excellent vintage. A long, cool season yielded wines with intense and pure natural acidity. The vintage was, however, punctuated by an unseasonably wet and cold February. Careful canopy management by the viticultural team was needed to ensure that outstanding fruit quality was retained.


This wine is an assemblage of two central Wilyabrup vineyards with a small amount of fruit from the Karridale area. The fruit was hand-picked and then chilled to maintain pristine condition. A minimalist approach in the winery included whole-bunch pressing, wild fermentation and sparing lees stirring in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak. The individual parcels were kept separate and aged on lees for 9 months until the final wine was blended for bottling.

The 2017 Reserve Chardonnay is the sixth vintage of what the Deep Woods winemaking team see as the ‘rebirth’ of this wine, and has become one of the most sought after wines from Deep Woods Estate.


Margaret River




  • Alcohol: 13.1%
  • pH: 3.19
  • Acidity (TA): 7.12 g/L

royal adelaide wine show 2018

best chardonnay

most outstanding white wine

margaret river wine show 2018

perth royal wine awards 2018

royal hobart wine show 2018

royal melbourne wine awards 2018

sydney royal wine show 2018

halliday chardonnay challenge 2018

wine show of western australia 2018

anthony rose and panel, decanter magazine

western australian chardonnay panel tasting, february 2019

Sweet rock melon aromas. Nice focus, with the palate holding back before catapulting the fruit long and hard. Grapefruit oil and roast lime notes. Terrific clarity and zestiness, with verve and coolness. Very Margaret River! Not trying to be Burgundy. Terrific purity and charge, with restraint. Sarah Ahmed

I love the purity, then the layers of pristine fruit; a touch of the Far East, but then Provençal stone fruit, with nutty, compressed pineapple on the mid-palate. It is persistent with a lovely gentle, nutty background. Roger Jones

Stylish oaked aromas with a subtle vein of nutty complexity behind bright, fresh, apple fruit. A delightfully intense and fruity palate with deceptive weight and length. Needs time to unfurl, but this really has a lot going for it. A fabulous wine with great potential. Anthony Rose

98 Points 98

james suckling,

biggest australian wine tasting ever, june 2019

Omg. This smells like Chevalier-Montrachet. There’s a wondrous note of flint that rises out of the glass, soon to be followed by quartz, riverbed, lemon curd, cloves, nutmeg and honeysuckle. It’s incredibly luscious and full-bodied, yet, despite all the odds, an arrow-dart of perfectly tuned acidity pierces through the myriad of citrus fruit and spices. A stupendous, spellbinding chardonnay that will take any wine lover’s breath away. Step aside Burgundy. Drink now or hold for a very long time.

98 Points 98

david bicknell, halliday wine companion 2020

High quality mod-Oz chardonnay to a tee. Complex burnt match, flint, grapefruit and white stone fruit. A palate of drive and verve, with a sparkling, crystalline acidity giving great length and tension. And it's polished too. Hard to fault now and yet will improve for many years.

97 Points 97

the wine front

october 2018

Stylish wine with all the buttons done up, laces tied, tie knotted perfectly - that kind of wine. Light struck match, lime, white peach, nougat and spice. Light to medium-bodied, flinty and fine, gentle flavour, no great depth or concentration, but what's there glides through the mouth most charmingly. 

94 Points 94