2020 Trait Chardonnay

Margaret River, WA

A rich, refined and commanding Margaret River Chardonnay which charges straight out of the gate!



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In the mouth the wine is enveloping and cushioned; marvellous and plump and beautiful... A brilliant first release.

Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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.

About Trait

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.

Margaret River, WA
Additional Info

From the Producer

Pale gold in colour, with fleeting hints of green. Floral and blossom aromas, a hint of honey despite obvious dryness. Very poised and precise with real vibrancy. Shows very promising fruit concentration with pronounced citrus notes (grapefruit zest and lemon curd), white peach and quince. Tight acidity, giving wine lift and length. Slight pithy quality on the finish provides pleasing texture and a moreish quality. Subtle but well-judged oak provides a creamy finish.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2040
Bottle Size : 750ml

Meet the Truytses
Meet the Truytses
Trait Wines, Margaret Rive
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"It’s super young and not yet entirely integrated – the oak pokes out a little – but the power of the fruit and the length of the finish will hold it in good stead. Toast, grapefruit, pear and peach flavours soar through the palate, the style dry, the reach long. There’s a pulpy, quartz-like aspect to this; a presence. It’s not yet ready to shine but it will." Campbell Mattinson

Halliday Wine Companion

"Gingin clones planted 1988 on gravelly loam. Five barrels made. Creamy and nutty and exuding aromas of nougat, marzipan and vanilla pod. In the mouth the wine is enveloping and cushioned; marvellous and plump and beautiful. The acidity, although high (thanks to the clone) is juicy and gives a chewy aspect to the wine which is most welcome. A brilliant first release." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)


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