To mark our 10th Langton’s Confidential, we have sourced an elite WA Chardonnay.
Huon Hooke gave this wine 95 points, calling it a ‘very fine wine’ while Campbell Mattinson called out the ‘generous style.’ This Confidential Chardonnay also made Tyson Stelzer’s Top 10 Wines Under $60 - and that was before we managed to move well below that mark.
The wine itself acts as a bridge between two regions and two interpretations of Chardonnay. Made from a blend of Mount Barker and Margaret River fruit, this wine shows classic generosity of body and flavour while displaying a contemporary liveliness. As you would expect of a wine from this part of the world, it expresses a fruit bowl profile, wrapped in clever oakwork and lifted by a citrus acidity. It’s simply gorgeous.
As with all Langton’s Confidential wines, we can’t reveal the name but suffice it to say this winery is a pillar of the industry in Western Australia.
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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.