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2016 Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay

Margaret River, WA

Show-stopping Margaret River Chardonnay from one of the region's most skilled winemakers.

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You have to like the funk, there’s no doubting or getting around it, but if you do: this is sensational.

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

After 20 years observing the area, Bruce Jukes decided all the Chardonnays from Domaine Naturaliste would be crafted entirely from the Gin Gin clone.

He selected a vineyard in the South of Margaret River that had Gin Gin cropped in a particular way, with little light flooding through the canopy. He wanted flavour intensity without the tannins that come with over-ripeness and he got it. The result of his search are the twin Chardonnays Artus and Purus.

Artus is the voluptuous seductress. The powerhouse Margaret River Chardonnay with a gymnast-like balance. 40% new oak, richness and zip in equal proportion.

The 2016 vintage was triumphant at the world's most respected wine show, the 2018 IWC, taking home Trophy for Best Western Australian Chardonnay. Add to that 97 points from James Halliday and 96 points from Campbell Mattinson and you're looking at one of the most decorated Chardonnays in the country right now.

About Domaine Naturaliste

Domaine Naturalist is another of the 'new guard' Margaret River producers to keep an eye out for.

Owner/winemaker Bruce Jukes has a wealth of winemaking experience both here and abroad, including a stint at Francis Ford Coppola's iconic Niebaum Coppola winery in the Napa Valley.

His wines are made from traditional Margaret River varieties and blends, but with a modern focus on elegance, freshness and balance.

Great value too!

Winemaker Bruce Dukes
Winemaker Bruce Dukes
Margaret River, WA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, cloudy juice wild-fermented in French oak (40% new), matured for 12 months. It's exceptionally fresh and pure, white peach and nectarine at its core. Roasted cashew and citrussy acidity dance around the core, creating a very long and crisp finish." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

96Points
The Wine Front

"This release is brilliant. But in a funky way. It’s up to its eyeballs in spent matchstick character. It’s riven with peach, grapefruit and citrus character, though there’s a fair amount of cracked wheat, toast, cedarwood and cashew-like flavour too. It talks a big game, and delivers on it. You have to like the funk, there’s no doubting or getting around it, but if you do: this is sensational." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

97Points
2018 International Wine Challenge

Trophy - Best Western Australian Chardonnay

Additional Info

From The Producer

Artus is an artistic translation of our local Gin Gin clone into wine. It is a provocative, complex and textural wine exuding the seductive spirit of “old world” chardonnay.

The vines have been managed to allow only dappled light into the fruiting zone. This promotes flavor development, low tannins and bright levels of natural acidity. The fruit is farmed in the cool southern end of Margaret River. The tiny 100g Gin Gin clusters are hand harvested at first light to preserve freshness of fruit.

Flavours of fresh nectarines and candied pecan nuts are supported by aromas of poached pears and marzipan.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.0%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

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