Leading the pack here are a couple of Reserve Chardonnays. Both the Deep Woods Estate and the Evans & Tate Redbrook have picked up 97 points from James Halliday. The latter is also sporting five years of bottle age. Time it has needed to reach, according to Halliday, it’s ‘plateau of perfection.’ All six bottles illustrate the consistency of high quality in Margaret River.
In this six-bottle Margaret River selection, you’ll find one bottle each of
Peccavi Estate Chardonnay 2017
Woodlands Chardonnay 2018
Evans & Tate Redbrook Reserve Chardonnay 2014
Deep Woods Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018
Jilyara The Williams Block Chardonnay 2019
Flowstone Chardonnay 2016
"Made in precisely the same way as the '15, one irrelevant difference 15% new oak, not 18%. Underlines just how slowly this wine develops, and how long it will take to reach its plateau of perfection."
97 points, Wine Companion (March 2018)
"Hand-picked parcels of the best blocks were whole-bunch pressed and fermented in new and used French oak, then a best barrels selection was made. A super-elegant wine, fresh and lively, its white peach/grapefruit held in a gentle embrace of oak."
97 points, Wine Companion (September 2019)
2019 James Halliday Top 100 Wines
"This was hand-harvested, fermented in French oak (25% new) with some batonnage and aged 11 months further following malolactic conversion. The result is a wine of intense stone fruit flavours, dried mango and a creamy core of cashew to nougatine, with maritime freshness bringing up the rear. Melds a contemporary leaner edge with a rich, bumptious texture."
92 points, Wine Companion (December 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.