When it comes to premium Chardonnay producing regions, Western Australia boasts an embarrassment of riches. There’s Margaret River, of course, and Blackwood Valley inland to the west, and then there’s Pemberton to the south towards Flinders Bay. These three regions are represented by four respected producers whose names are bywords for quality and value.
Grace in a glass. The power and intensity at the core of these wines deliver wave after crashing wave of lemon and stonefruit, cashew, and nougat, with each wine declaring its own distinctiveness with nuanced individuality. Enjoy the comparisons.
In this mixed dozen you’ll get three bottles each of the following:
Nannup Estate Phillip Stanley Blackwood Valley Chardonnay 2017 Castelli Estate Pemberton Chardonnay 2018 Howard Park Margaret River Chardonnay 2018 Cherubino Pemberton Chardonnay 2018
"This is sourced from Pemberton, an area well suited to Chardonnay. Cereal and butterscotch aromas play with a little struck match and cashew. The palate is deeply intense and powerful, with tremendous persistence. Nice savoury finish completes a very good wine."
95 points, Western Australian Wine Guide 2020
"A wine of youthful exuberance, bright yellow colour with a healthy lustre. Nougat and caramel and limoncello, hazelnuts and vanilla. Lemon curd and seaspray, minerals largely eclipsed by rich and ripe fruit. Reduction is measured. Kudos to the winemaker."
94 points, The Real Review (February 2020)
"Fermented and matured for 12 months in French oak, 50% new, 50% older. This is a sleek and glossy wine, and it does have a reserve feel about it, which means high quality fruit and expensive oak making their mark. Aromas of peach, cinnamon and grilled nuts, the palate smoothly textured with ripe fruit flavours which sustain well into the finish."
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
"Intense lemon and subtle grapefruit aromas, fruit driving the bouquet, but with background oak and lees and barrel-fermented complexities. A very fine, powerful, intense chardonnay, with a cleansing savouriness and appetising aftertaste thanks in part to a light phenolic grip. Long, long carry."
95 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
"Straight into excellent territory. Stonefruits and fennel, cedarwood and chalk. There’s a creaminess to the mouthfeel but there’s a minerally edge too; it slides, drives and cuts its way through to a long, impressive finish. Sure-footed, quality chardonnay."
94 points, The Wine Front (September 2019)
"Attractive, toasty praline and lemon-butter aromas here. The palate has a smooth, fleshy core of nectarines and white peaches and some buttery notes to close."
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2020)