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The Magical Animal is a new Chardonnay from Brave New Wine. The fruit is sourced from the stunning organically grown Isolation Ridge vineyard in Frankland River. The fruit is foot stomped by Yoko and Andries then sent to a single brand new French oak puncheon for wild ferment. The resultant wine is a raucous and wild version of Chardonnay that blows your hair back. Personality +++
What it Tastes Like
Smoky and reductive smells fly from the glass. It's fleshy with layers of burnt butter atop tinned peach and lemon preserve. There's some soft grip in the mouth which keeps it cinched in. Flavours of whipped butter and peaches intertwine to create a crazy whirlwind of taste. Wild and untamed Chardonnay with attitude and flair.
93 points "Starts with a honey-drizzled, savoury, nougat, oatmeal kind of scent, with back ground ripe stone fruit and apple. The palate feels quite decadent, lush but fresh with crisp tingles of lime juice acidity. It’s round and soft in the palate, loads more oatmeal, brown sugar-on-porridge, green apple. It’s got all that ‘classic Australian chardonnay’ density and generosity, but draped in a funky feel. I really like this." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Isolation Ridge Vineyard - Frankland River. Certified organic. Foot stomped & basket pressed to a single new French puncheon. Natural fermentation. No fining or filtration.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
Brave New Wine
It is a Brave New World and these are, in every sense, Brave New Wines. This range is brought to you by husband and wife duo Andries and Yoko Lüscher-Mostert. They are making painfully small amounts of fascinating, experimental and delicious wine from some superb vineyards in Great Southern. With a vision of acquiring their own vineyard in the future, they are currently content to make wines that truly thrill them. These are natural wines crafted without additions but with bucket-loads of love and skill. Some of the most intriguing vino in WA and definitely a winery to keep an eye on.
The Great Southern is the largest wine region in the country. Though more and more, the label “Great Southern” is becoming redundant. It is the sub-regional exploration of terroir which is distinguishing this region. From Frankland River to Porongorup, from Mount Barker to Denmark, the detailed and stylish wines emerging from these sub-regions are some of the most intriguing in the country. No longer a “poor man’s Margaret River”, whether you love Riesling, Cabernet, Shiraz or Pinot, this stunning cool climate region will blow you away with the value and refinement inherent in everything it produces. And the good thing is, it is only getting better.
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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