In the mouth the wine is enveloping and cushioned; marvellous and plump and beautiful... A brilliant first release.
About the Wine
Trait have really struck gold here. For their first release, this Chardonnay easily commands the room and its price point. It's made entirely from the Gingin clone - a 'sub-variety' of Chardonnay which is the preferred choice for several of the region's top producers - naturally fermented and matured in French oak.
This is just effortless. There is a seamless synergy between aroma, structure and flavour, almost making for an overwhelming experience despite how restrained the wine actually is. There is a lifted grapefruit zest to this, with some savoury nuts and rich texture. It's not buttery, but it's certainly soft and delicate. Trait have absolutely nailed this.
It may be pronounced Traits, but it's spelt Truyts. Theo Truyts is a Lesothian ex-pat, who worked with several South African wineries before coming to Margaret River. Clare Trythall is a British ex-pat who works as an emergency doctor. Her attention to detail definitely keeps Theo on the straight and narrow, making her the best 'behind-the-scenes' manager a winemaker could have.
The couple met in 2013 and, six years later, Theo was offered management of a site he had worked with during his early years in Australia. The vineyard was deemed 'un-machineable' and was in danger of being left to the elements. Ever decreasing yields? Too costly to run? Challenge accepted.
The pair spent 2019 revitalising the vineyard between their day jobs and new child. The site can only be tended to by hand, but the fruit is immaculate. The resulting wines can only be seen as testaments to their dedication, care and passion.