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There is something special about Margaret River Chardonnay. The balance of power, complexity and drive inherent in the best wines of the region is one of the marvels of Australian wine.
Here is a lovely example of the regional style. This is fruit from the Wilyabrup sub-region, whole-bunch pressed and sent to French oak for weekly lees-stiring during fermentation. Winemaker Nigel Ludlow gently building texture throughout the wine whilst preserving a core of thrilling acidity.
The 2013 vintage of the Reserve Chardonnay received a massive 97 points James Halliday placing it amongst his most acclaimed of the region.
What It Tastes Like
“Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, partial wild and malolactic fermentations in French barriques. The Evoi style is near-unique, the intensity of its bouquet and bright acidity illuminates the layered complexity of the palate; here grapefruit (juice and skin) start the ball rolling, next white peach and nectarine appear, then creamy cashew and fig on the prodigiously long and powerful finish” - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
97 points. “Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, partial wild and malolactic fermentations in French barriques. The Evoi style is near-unique, the intensity of its bouquet and bright acidity illuminates the layered complexity of the palate; here grapefruit (juice and skin) start the ball rolling, next white peach and nectarine appear, then creamy cashew and fig on the prodigiously long and powerful finish”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Hand Picked, whole bunch pressed, 80% wild yeast fermented and mlf in French barriques. High solids with weekly battonage. This wine has been designed to age and will evolve over the next 5-10 years. Tasting Notes: Ripe peach, grapefruit peel, and fig, with oatmeal and toffee, cashew and Brazil nut. A hint of toast combined with savoury notes from yeast autolysis, lanolin and a beautiful reductive flint note. Complexity!!!!! The palate combines all the above characters with a natural fullness and acidity, which perfectly balances the wine. The creamy structure and French oak enhances the very, very long finish.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2023
Margaret River is recognised as one of the country’s finest wine growing regions. The quality of the region’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay rival the very best in the world. But Margaret River is no two-trick-pony. There, Tempranillo and Malbec are excelling, Touriga Nacional seems to be quite at home, Chenin Blanc is getting serious and even pockets of Nebbiolo are rearing their heads. Watch this space. Who knows what new surprises are just around the corner from this famous region.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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