The Single Vineyard Chardonnay from Brash is made on a boutique scale by the Yallingup winery, under the masterful hands of Margaret River wine icon Bruce Dukes. Called, ’Margaret River in a glass’ by critic Campbell Mattinson, it’s rich, creamy and lush– an example of just how well-suited Chardonnay is to the region.
Matured in the finest French oak by the Brash team, this is a fruit-forward style redolent with white peaches. It is at once elegant and intense, with plenty of ageing potential.
"A good example of the richness that Margaret River can instil in its grapes/wines. It is luscious, with white peach, nectarine and creamy fruit, yet has lift and life, delivering its message without hesitation."
95 points, Wine Companion (October 2018)
"The sun, the surf of fruit, the boards of oak. Margaret River in a glass. Peaches, juicy and fresh cut. Pineapple and pears. Sweet, toffee-like cedar. And a cleansing rush to the finish. The quality standards are high."
92+ points, The Wine Front (October 2019)
"An extra year in bottle has brought this delightful chardonnay further into line. It’s a light-bodied wine displaying beautiful aromatics and a subtle, intricate palate. Nose of white peach and exotic spices with a light and lingering palate showing a fine flinty edge. Lots happening in here."
91 points, The West Australian Wine Guide 2020
Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards 2019
Australian Small Vineyard Wine Show 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.
Since 2000, Brash have been growing grapes across their 18 hectares of Yallingup vines, with the bulk going to a host of premium Margaret River producers. They grow 135 tonnes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Malbec annually. Most of the fruit goes to other premium Margaret River producers, with 10% of the yield going towards Brash VIneyard’s single vineyard cuvées. Co-owned by Chris and Anne Carter, Brian and Ann McGuinness, and Rik and Jenny Nitert, the wines themselves are made under the custodianship of Margaret River wine icon Bruce Dukes (of Domaine Naturaliste).