2019 McHenry Hohnen Calgardup Brook Chardonnay

Highly Rated
Minerally and linear Margaret River Chardonnay, with a creamy palate texture blending in nicely.

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Restrained but luscious, this is the most minerally and driven of the McHenry Hohnen single vineyard Margaret River Chardonnays.

Pear and stonefruit are the fruit flavours that dominate nose and palate. A fresh, saline almost briny note is also present.

It's linear and persistent with some lees stirred nutty complexity hiding in the rear. Some dry grip and stern acidity ensures a good life in the cellar for the patient.

The nose opens with notes of sea spray, spiced pears, pink grapefruit and delicate wet stone. Wild fermentation with full solids provides flinty complexity and extended time on lees adds intrigue and excellent length to the palate. A distinctive saline acidity and attractive chalk-like structure complement the mineral nature of this unique Southern Margaret River vineyard near the Indian Ocean.
Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and transferred directly to oak with full solids. Fermented by the native years in barrique (approximately 30% new). Post ferment, barrels are left cool but unsulphured for 4 months to encourage autolytic activity. Batonnage every two weeks based on flavour and partial MLF to balance the high natural acidity of this vintage. Wine was racked with full lees to tank in December and spent two months on lees in tank before bottling.

Region: Margaret River, WA
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 13.30%
Closure: 750ml
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96 Points - "Grilled nuts, grapefruit pith, marzipan, nougat, brine and struck-match aromas, really complex and alluring. Focused and fine on the palate, which is tight, citrusy, pithy, layered and long. There's real power and drive in the fruit, but a finesse and elegance to it. The oak and acidity sit beautifully within the wine and create layers of sophisticated bliss." - Aaron Brasher (The Real Review)

96 Points - "All 3 single-vineyard chardonnays are made in the same manner: hand picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild ferment in barrel (25% new) with full solids, partial mlf. This is perhaps my favourite (by a whisker) of these 2 single-vineyard chardonnays. It has a bitter phenolic kick through the finish that adds a layer of sparkle, interest and excitement to the wine and creates a salty undulation through the finish. It moves in a dappled way, this wine. I like it." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

94 Points - "Sweet, peachy, citrus and hessiany nose with a rich, sweetly fruited and fresh buttered popcorn palate. Integrated oak and a glossy texture create a poised, lovely wine." - 94 pts + Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2022

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