2019 McHenry Hohnen Hazel Vineyard Chardonnay

Highly Rated
Tense and linear Margaret River Chardonnay, certified biodynamic. Pristine and energising.

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Beautiful example of pure and precise Margaret River Chardonnay from the McHenry Hohnen team.

Fruit is all from the certified biodynamic Hazel's Vineyard at the southern end of the region, a relatively cool site but with plenty of sunshine and the influence of the Southern Ocean shining through.

Opens up a little reductive but with time it reveals vibrant citrus, grapefruit flavours, moving into richer stone fruits. A supremely satisfying and refreshing palate with a terrific acid and mineral spine.

We'd be happy to showcase this to the world as a great expression of quality Australian Chardonnay.

100% Hazel's Vineyard. Our southernmost vineyard which is more inland than our Burnside and Calgardup vineyards. Hazel's combines cooling Southern Ocean influences with a northerly aspect and plenty of sunshine.

Mandarin peal, white blossom and ruby grapefruit aromas give way to stone fruit and a seductive nougat element. Creamy, nutty and textured, this Chardonnay is both powerful in fruit concentration and restrained by a precise acid line. A layered wine with persistence, power and grace and a true representation of this south Margaret River vineyard just inland from the coast.

Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, full solids and wild fermentation in barrique (approx. 25% 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.

Region: Margaret River, WA
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 13.30%
Closure: 750ml
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95 Points - "Quite lifted aromas of nectarine, white flowers, nuts, bacon fat and vanilla. Powerful on the palate—white stone fruit, guava and creamy oak are all at play. Acidity is fine and focused and manages the powerful fruit admirably. There's some grip and texture that adds to the mouth-feel and the length is impressive." - Aaron Brasher (The Real Review)

95 Points - "All 3 single-vineyard chardonnays are made in the same manner: hand picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented in barrel (25% new) with full solids and partial mlf. White spice, nectarine, coastal spray and crushed macadamia on the nose. The palate is where the mlf is evident; it creates a creamy, buttery texture that sits alongside the pink grapefruit and mandarin pith. Blossom and red apple skin round out the palate, the saline acidity forms curls of sensation as it fades." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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