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2017 Nocturne Chardonnay

Margaret River, WA

Elegant, balanced and personality-packed Margaret River Chardonnay. A beauty!

$42.00

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2017 is an excellent Chardonnay vintage in Margaret River - likely the best we’ve seen from this vineyard.

Julian & Alana Langworthy

About The Wine

Acclaimed Margaret River winemaker Julian Langworthy and wife Alana are turning heads with their own boutique label, Nocturne.

This Chardonnay is their take on the famous regional style, with great success. Born and raised in the region Julian has developed close relationships with some of Margaret River's finest growers, with this Chardonnay coming from a single vineyard in Treeton, planted to some of the region's best-suited clones.

In the hands of Julian, this fruit absolutely sings. It's a polished version of Margaret River Chardonnay with ample weight whilst maintaining and elegant balance.

This is an exciting new addition to the Margaret River Chardonnay landscape.

About Nocturne

Nocturne is the personal side label of highly decorated Margaret River winemaker Julian Langworthy and his wife Alana.

Julian has won just about everything there is to win in Australian wine, having taken out Winemaker of the Year for the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion, the 2016 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at Royal Melbourne in the space of just a couple of years.

The Nocturne wines are all small production with Julian focusing on quality rather than quantity in this range. 

The fruit is procured through Julian's connections with local growers developed over his lifetime in the Margaret River region. If you're looking for hidden gems of Margaret River, the Nocturne wines are it.

Winemaker Julian Langworthy
Winemaker Julian Langworthy
Margaret River, WA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Marzipan, struck match, quince and lavender-like florals with an edge of funk. Cashew, white peach, cinnamon, pear and lime flavours with a divine texture, powerful yet effortless, salivating seaspray-like finish. Super wine. - Different Drop Wine Team

Additional Info

From The Producer

2017 is an excellent Chardonnay vintage in Margaret River - likely the best we’ve seen from this vineyard. January temperatures were quite moderate and February was cool and mild, resulting in a picking date over three weeks later that 2016. The fruit had great flavour at low potential alcohol levels, and amazingly vibrant natural acid. 

The fruit is from a single site, the Tassel Park Vineyard in the Treeton sub-region of Margaret River. This tiny 0.37 Ha vineyard is unusual in that it's interplanted with both the classic WA gin gin clone and the Burgundian 277 clone. The gin gin affords great fruit weight and texture while the 277 has great acidity and mineral line. The vineyard faces south and is planted on deep silver-grey sands. The picking date is generally very late on average with comparison to the rest of the region and was again the last Chardonnay fruit we picked.
The grapes were harvested by hand on 13th of April and whole bunch-pressed directly to new, one- and two-year-old puncheons, with no settling or fining processes. This juice was then carefully monitored and spontaneous fermentation kicked off on day three after pressing. After a three-week ferment the wine remained on gross lees unsulphured until September of that year. In December the wine was emptied from barrel, settled, filtered and bottled.

It's a unique and spectacular site this one, making unique and spectacular white wines. After the hugely successful 2016 incarnation we couldn’t be happier with this 2017 Nocturne Chardonnay. It’s a touch finer than the previous vintage and has length of flavour that will take your breath away. The trademark minerality is there in spades and it’ll be a little hard to actually let it go - though it will be good for our sobriety. 

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

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