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 gold with a light straw rim.
The nose is complex and alluring showing a flinty minerality, waxy lemon peel, white peach and freshly toasted brioche with butter. The wine opens up to show a complex array of kaffir lime, stone fruits and lifted floral notes.
The palate shows restrained power and great balance. Juicy ripe citrus, apricot and grilled almonds linger on the palate. Tight structure and a peppy acidity drives the wine and provides pristine fruit expression alongside a nuttiness from the oak.
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 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 fresh aromatics. 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 7.40 g/L
Seared scallops with a lemon pepper butter topped with parsley.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2021
National Wine Show of Australia 2021
Perth Royal Wine Awards 2021
Royal Adelaide Wine Awards 2021
Wine Show of Western Australia 2021
Margaret River Wine Show 2021
Royal Hobart Wine Show 2021
James Halliday Australian Chardonnay & Cabernet Challenge 2021
Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
Royal Sydney Wine Show 2022
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2023
To say the wine is elegant does it no justice. It's way more than that; line, length and balance likewise. This is a barrel-by-barrel selection from a large number, ex a specific vineyard source. White peach and pink grapefuit play off against each other, oak a means to an end.
Nick Stock, Gourmet Traveller Wine 2022
Scintillatingly complex and intense with a wealth of ripe and mouthwatering lemon, grapefruit, peach and green mangos. Some clotted cream, flint and toasty oak, too. The palate has intense ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours in glossy, creamy texture bolstered by fresh acidity.
Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2022
This has consistently been one of the finest chardonnays from Margaret River. It’s the result of some intense winemaking and then some hard decisions deciding the best barrels. Savoury struck-match aromatics with white peach and a sliver of grapefruit. The palate is a powerhouse from this highly concentrated vintage, yet it has poise and refinement as it delivers on a delicately precise palate through to a very long finish. Cellar 10 years.
Huon Hooke, The Real Review 2021
Light, bright straw colour, with a lot of spicy oak and some smoky, struck-flint reduction on the nose, together with grapefruit. The wine is taut and tense in the mouth, with nervy energy and drive. The line and length are impressive. A very smart chardonnay that is superb now and will reward a bit of cellar time.
decanter world wine awards 2021
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.
A thoroughly beautiful wine . Great balance and well above similar wines of greater price in the same region.
Possibly the best Chardonnay I have had ever had! So lovely and just elegant and creamy and delicious! Beautiful flavours of the Margaret River Chardonnays - but just one of the best
One of the best
This is one of the best Chardonnays produced in Australia. Lovely peachy Chardonnay fruit character restrained in a tightly structured palate with a fine acid line. Best ***** only very slightly chilled so the fruit really shows its stuff.
A Jewel in the crown
The best wine, complex, buttery, all you could every ask for
My partner and I have been fans of this wine for a number of years and rate it alongside the very best chardonnays of the Margaret River and Yarra Valley regions.