McHenry Hohnen was founded in 2004 by pioneering Margaret River winemaker (Cape Mentelle) and third-generation farmer David Hohnen and his brother-in-law, grape-grower and wine retailer Murray McHenry.
‘With an ethos of quality over quantity, we create small lots of expressive, authentic, fine wines’, says Hohnen.
Three vineyards, in the central-southern part of Margaret River, are farmed organically and/or biodynamically. Laterite Hills Chardonnay is a blend of material from these family-owned and farmed vineyards -- Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel’s.
The wine takes its name from the generally lateritic soils of Margaret River south and is made in the same way as the three single-vineyard Chardonnays. Fruit is hand picked and whole bunch pressed, before undergoing wild yeast fermentation and six months maturation in French oak barriques (20% new). The wine is then transferred to tank for a further three months maturation on lees. It is clarified but not filtered before bottling.
A new line for McHenry Hohnen from three estate vineyards (Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel's), the same vinification as for the single vineyard Chardonnays, blended in Oct into tank on full lees. Reflects the southern Margaret River, bright and almost savoury juiciness, zesty phenolic grip to the finish.
94 points, Wine Companion (April 2018)
Fluid, steely, spicy and textural at once. When I say textural I don’t mean creamy, but it has a velvety aspect to the mouthfeel. It’s bright, varietal, not overdone, not underdone. White peach, chalk, meal and cedar spice characters are all here but it moves moves through the mouth at a good clip, both impressing and pleasing as it goes.
93 points, The Wine Front (April 2018)
Light, bright yellow hue and an intense, refined, chalky mineral aroma over honey and cool-grown restrained but concentrated fruit. A very fine, intense, compact wine with balance and charm aplenty. The finish is clean, crisp and dry, and leaves the mouth refreshed. Long, long aftertaste.
93 points, The Real Review (July 2018)
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.