Founded in 2004, the McHenry Hohnen winery is the creation of brothers-in-law Murray McHenry and David Hohnen. Murray is a successful West Australian grower, vintner and hotelier while David cofounded the famed Cape Mentelle winery and Cloudy Bay, the cult winery that brought Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to the attention of the world. The wines is this pack, and across the McHenry Hohnen range, deliver on the promise of the pedigree of the team at McHenry Hohnen.
Included in this six-pack (two of each);
2016 Burnside Vineyard Chardonnay — 95 points
2016 Calgardup Vineyard Chardonnay — 94+ points
2016 Hazel's Vineyard Chardonnay — 93+ points
‘Peach and lime, almond biscotti, a whisper of smoke and spice. Powerful but refined, with the crunch of mouth-watering stony acidity, and a strong current of white fruits rolling over it. There’s oatmeal and almond softness, but that crystalline acidity pushes it long and fresh on the finish. It’s a beautiful thing.’
95 points Gary Walsh
‘White peach, mint nougat, subtle spice, stones and struck match. Medium bodied, cool and flinty, beautiful fine acidity, citrus and a suggestion of lemon curd, with a tight long lemon-laced finish. Great bone structure here, and a fine and exciting wine to drink.’
94+ points Gary Walsh
‘Lime and white peach, cashew, white flowers and vanilla. Medium bodied, good flavour and almost into that delicious ‘lime spider’ thing that I enjoy so much, with a firm crunch of acidity, a slight chalky texture, and a juiciness to the finish. It perhaps lacks the concentration of the Burnside, and the length of the Calgardup, but the compensation is gentle charm.’
93+ points Gary Walsh
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.