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Willow Bridge's Dragonfly wines consistently over-deliver for their price. One of the best value ranges in the country. The 2016 release of the Dragonfly Chardonnay is a great example of their quality. It sings the song of the variety, at once showing freshness and vibrancy but with some obviously astute winemaking giving it a bit of an edge. Good Chardonnay can cost an arm and a leg, but here is one that ticks all the boxes of good value Chardy and comes in under $20. We are huge advocates of this value packed range and with cracking releases like this, it is easy to see why!
What it Tastes Like
White peaches, a little almond meal/nutty thing going on and a dash of grapefruit. Not fancy but nailing what it's going for. Nice roundness on the palate, a little creaminess but with bright fruit. A "we are going to need another bottle" kind of Chardonnay.
2015 vintage: 94 points. "50% wild-fermented in used French oak, 50% in tank, an approach that has paid a handsome dividend; the palate has an excellent tactile quality that highlights the complexity of flavours ranging through struck match, white peach and a burst of grapefruit zest on the long finish." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Estate grown from the spectacular hillside vineyard in the Ferguson Valley of the Geographe wine region, fruit is sourced from our Henty and Cotterill blocks planted to the Mendoza or Gin Gin clone in 1998. Soil is typically a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam over red and yellow friable clay with slight westerly aspects at elevations of 220 to 250m above sea level. The Dragonfly Chardonnay is designed to capture the essence of this noble variety in its pure form. Vibrant and refreshing in style, it highlights the classic white-fleshed stone fruit and almond blossom characters of the variety, combined with the texture, complexity and depth of flavour achieved from the better vineyard sites of the southwest. Tasting Note/Flavour Profile Appealing classic citrus and white fleshed stone fruit with gentle lemon blossom and spice. Medium bodied, nectarine, lime and grapefruit supported by lightly toasted oak with a fine texture and balance. Cellaring A wine that looks delightfully fresh and tasty with youth whilst will develop some complexing character’s with up to three years in the bottle.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
About the Producer
The leading winery in WA’s Geographe region, and were named last year as one of James Halliday’s Top 10 Dark Horse producers. They’re family owned and run, with all the wines coming from their own estate. They have an emphasis on high quality, great value and real individuality amongst their entire range.
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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