2020 Trait Chardonnay

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

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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.

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.

Region: Margaret River, WA
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 13.00%
Closure: 750ml
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93 Points - "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

95 Points - "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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