2019 West Cape Howe Styx Gully Chardonnay

Mount Barker, WA

A straight up single vineyard Chardy from Mount Barker - oaky, stone-fruity goodness at a super bargain price.



About the Wine

This seductive little Chardonnay is made from fruit hailing from West Cape Howe's 'best' vineyard - the Langton vineyard on Mount Barker.

It's a bit more of a subtle Chardonnay, but it's still an absolute cracker of a wine with all the typical Chardy characteristics you've come to know and love. Oaky, nutty, stone-fruity flavours and aromas cuddle with a kick of clean acidity.

Yet another solid offering from West Cape Howe, and at an irresistible price.

About West Cape Howe

Since its inception in 1997 West Cape Howe has been producing some of Western Australia's most undervalued wines.

It is owned by four local families but the figurehead and senior winemaker is WA industry legend Gavin Berry.

Their home and winery can be found at the Langton Vineyard in Mt Barker, in the Great Southern region. Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc are the stars of their range.

West Cape Howe winery
West Cape Howe winery
Mount Barker, WA
Additional Info

From the Producer

Our Styx Gully is 100% Mt Barker grown, all from our best blocks of Chardonnay on our Langton vineyard; predominately Block 25, with some from the riper Block 3. A small portion was handpicked and whole bunch pressed, with the balance of the fruit picked at night with low overnight temperatures and processed promptly at the winery. Our Styx is all barrel fermented with no malolactic fermentation; the result being a complex, but still fruit driven, style of Chardonnay.

The milder season with some rain were conditions that perfectly suited this style of wine, producing a fine Chardonnay that is beautifully restrained and should age very well.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

West Cape Howe vineyards
West Cape Howe vineyards
Great Southern, WA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"Fruit from the Langton vineyard in Mount Barker. Barrel fermented (36% new), mlf blocked. Toasted nuts and grilled yellow peach on both nose and palate. Plenty to touch and feel here, the texture courtesy of oak fermentation. A creamy wine with electrifying acidity that props up the orchard fruit. Lovely stuff." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"Medium to light yellow colour, with a smoky-oak, toast and dried herb bouquet, the palate is medium-intense and tautly composed, with good length and a clean dry finish. A nice wine in a quite oaky, tightly-focused style." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

The Wine Front

"It smells the business with ripe stonefruit lightly dusted with cedar and vanilla. Pure chardonnay, straight up. The palate offers more of the same but with a steely edge, nashi pear and apple characters then joining the fray. There aren’t a lot of highlights but it’s a solid-but-fresh offering." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


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