2022 Nocturne Single Vineyard Chardonnay

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Elegant, balanced and personality-packed Margaret River Chardonnay. A beauty!

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Acclaimed Margaret River winemaker Julian Langworthy is turning heads with his own boutique label, Nocturne.

This Chardonnay is his unique take on the famously powerful Margaret River regional style. Born and raised in the region, Jules has developed close relationships with some of Margaret River's finest growers. Due to very low yields at the Tassel Park Vineyard, this year the Chardonnay comes from the spectacular Forrest Vineyard.

In the hands of Julian, this fruit absolutely sings. It's a polished version of Margaret River Chardonnay with ample weight whilst maintaining and elegant balance.

96 points
"A wine like this will stop you in your tracks and demand you take time to smell the roses... It’s invigorating, savoury, sleek and chic."
- Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

96+ points
"This abundantly composed, vigorously svelte and polished while being authentic."
- Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

Sooooo, things that were just right. The Forrest Vineyard in central Willyabrup and as you may now know my first and devastatingly brutal love, the tiny Tassel Park vineyard was wiped out in 2021 and in 2022 but hope springs eternal and I have learnt to love again. This second SV wine from this excellent site builds on last year’s work and is pretty darn special.
The fruit is of course from a single site, the Forrest Vineyard in the Willyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. Moreover, this wine is from a tiny ridge section from within the middle of this vineyard selectively picked for this wine. Planted to the classic, WA Gin Gin clone, it’s a wine of unbelievable natural acid presence and structural drive. The vineyard is
otherwise largely flat and quite close to the coast, some 3 kms only and in common with Tasslel Park, it is planted on deep silver-grey sands. The picking date is generally relatively early in the Chardonnay season given the vineyards low yielding nature.
The grapes were handpicked on 18th of February, a day earlier than 2021, again which I find weird; and whole bunch-pressed directly to new, one- and two-year-old puncheons, with no settling or fining processes. This juice was then carefully monitored and spontaneous fermentation kicked off on day five after pressing. After a Four-week ferment, the wine remained on gross lees un sulphured until September of that year. In December the wine was emptied from barrel, settled, filtered and bottled.
This is an exciting site that holds amazing acid structure and lovely al dente tannin. It needs some time to truly unfurl, unfold, and show its true colours, but one sniff will show, that it has the character that Nocturne’s SV Chardys are famous for, Flint, funk, just ripe stone fruit, citrus and hope…. In hope that change is always to grow and to hopefully improve. Get around this wine bright with flint, funk and grilled lime, it’s a bright new future out there. – Julian Langworthy

96 points - "A wine like this will stop you in your tracks and demand you take time to smell the roses or, with this, lemon blossoms. It’s a gorgeous offering with moreish sulphides, flint and, of course, powered by acidity and the excellent fruit. There’s a touch of lemon curd and creamy lees across the highly strung palate, pulsing with electrifying acidity. It’s invigorating, savoury, sleek and chic." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

96+ points - "This 2022 leads with gentle reduction, flinty complexity and loads of acid and fruit in the mouth. This abundantly composed, vigorously svelte and polished while being authentic. You get salted peach, persevered citrus, jasmine tea, star anise, clove, cut fennel and a line of graphite through phenolics. This is a thoroughly exciting Chardonnay to drink and to ponder- frisky acidity brings crunch and crackle, fleshy fruit envelopes the mouth, and there’s a curved line of phenolics through the finish." - Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

Nocturne Wines

Nocturne is the personal side label of highly decorated Margaret River winemaker Julian Langworthy.

Julian has won just about everything there is to win in Australian wine, having taken out Winemaker of the Year for the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion, the 2016 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at Royal Melbourne in the space of just a couple of years.

The Nocturne wines are all small production with Jules focusing on quality rather than quantity in this range.

The fruit is procured through Julian's connections with local growers developed over his lifetime in the Margaret River region. If you're looking for hidden gems of Margaret River, the Nocturne wines are it.

Winemaker Julian Langworthy Nocturne

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