“The Reserve Chardonnay marks one of the most successful and contemporary wine styles we have to offer. It is structured and powerful yet beguiling and sophisticated. This is my favourite release since the 2017 vintage and it joins a long line of excellent Reserve Chardonnays.”
Julian Langworthy, Chief Winemaker
Pale straw with brilliant green tinges.
The nose is hugely complex and immediately alluring showing flinty reduction, freshly baked brioche and chipped shell characters. The wine opens up to show a complex array of kaffir lime, white stone fruits and lifted pure floral notes.
The palate shows restrained power and great balance. Suggestive of juicy ripe citrus and grilled almonds, its amazing natural acid drive carries the wine long and provides a crystalline clarity to the fruit. Fine structure and a nervous energy define this exceptional wine.
Optimum drinking within three to ten years of vintage.
2020 was a tricky vintage for life in general with lock downs, split work forces and all manner of challenges but it did make for some very lovely wines in Margaret River.
A steady, relatively warm season was punctuated by a couple of solid rainfall events but the vineyards largely loved the natural moisture, resulting in Chardonnay fruit with balanced natural acidity and exciting phenolic structure.
This wine is an assemblage of largely two central Wilyabrup vineyards, with additional fruit coming from an excellent mature vineyard in Wallcliffe and a small amount of fruit from Karridale. 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 nine months until the final wine was blended for bottling.
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- pH: 3.10
- TA 7.4 g/L
Decanter World Wine Awards 2021
Perth Royal Wine Awards 2021
Royal Adelaide Wine Awards 2021
2021 decanter world wine awards
"A lively, attractive, toasty and flinty wine with white peach and gooseberry character, and a touch of coconut oak. Long, spicy finish. Very well done." Gold Medal