A super Chardonnay at the Apex of Australia's growing list of high quality proponents, this is a tour de force of precise fruit character, savoury detail, minerally charm and general interest as an expression of Chardonnay. Succulent, exceptionally long, nutty notes in just-ripe nectarine with chalk-talc and saline character notes through. Outstanding.
96 points, WBM (Jan/Feb 2020)
This is a beautifully textured and opulent chardonnay. Such deep stone fruit and creaminess with a slight edge of acid and oak. But it is so well integrated. This has a flinty edge to it with a very long and focused finish. There is some phenolics that seems to come from the full solids impact. And there is a slight flint and match stick character.
94 points, The West Australian Wine Guide 2020
Dry-grown on riverine black basalt soil with a maritime influence. Wild ferment in barriques, approx. 25% new. Ripe and peachy on the bouquet with some nutty oak characters and lees-derived creaminess. Generous flavours and full in texture, harnessed by the acidity that runs full length on the palate and lingers in the aftertaste.
94 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
Attractive lemon and gunflint aromas with some restrained creaminess in the background. The palate has a beautifully smooth-honed feel with supple, citrusy fruit fitting in neatly. The acidity is a highlight, pitched just right.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2020)
There’s a razor quality to this Margaret River chardonnay though it still manages to boast punch and length. It’s nervy and young but white peach, ginger, meal and toast characters swirl throughout. It’s characterful, a touch funky, steely, high tensile. It looks better and better as it sits in a large-bowled glass; ideally though it needs some bottle age to build.
93+ points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
Peach and toasted hazelnut aromas mark the nose of the 2017 Burnside Vineyard Chardonnay. It's medium to full-bodied, round yet fresh, with plenty of lime-driven length on the finish. It should drink well for a decade.
93 points, Wine Advocate (January 2020)
Pale and bright yellow colour. Grapefruit and toasty oak, minerals and sulfides, attractive and complex nose. A gentle glide to the palate - that grapefruit energy returns - just bitter acidity that draws you back. Will reward patience.
92 points, The Real Review (August 2019)
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.