Australian Chardonnay is in such a good place these days and many would argue there’s no better place in Australia for Chardonnay than Western Australia. This six-bottle collection makes a strong supporting argument for that claim. Led by Australia's queen of white wine, the Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay, this collection not only delivers superb quality but extraordinary value.
In this WA Chardonnay Mix, you’ll find one bottle each of the following:
Arlewood Estate Chardonnay, Margaret River 2019
Jilyara The Williams Block Chardonnay, Margaret River 2020
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River 2018
Xanadu Chardonnay, Margaret River 2018
Forest Hill Vineyard Block 8 Chardonnay, Mount Barker 2017
Credaro Wines 1000 Crowns Chardonnay, Margaret River 2019
Hand-picked fruit, whole-bunch pressed, fermented in oak then aged on lees for 10 months (30% new). Partial mlf. Elegant and fine fruit characters show this chardonnay for what it is: whippy, pliable, supple and lithe. It will only get better in time; pristine fruit and finely textured oak prove that. Crushed cashew lingers on the finish.
93 points, Wine Companion (November 2020)
The intensity of flavour here is quite something. It’s both plush and piercing at once. Pineapple, peach, cedarwood and semblances of nougat cut a rich but refreshing swathe through the palate. The finish is then appropriately persistent. I wouldn’t necessarily call it complex but the word electrifying isn’t out of place.
93+ points, The Wine Front (November 2020)
Let's put it this way. This is the closest I have come to awarding a wine 100 points...
Stellar wine from a stellar vintage. The remarkable thing is that this is a wine 100 percent barrel fermented in new French oak barriques with regular lees stirring for 11 months - and it certainly doesn't taste excessive, or even slightly oak. It has such high-fidelity purity with complex seductive aromatics of vanilla bean and light oatmeal with a cutting minerality and spicy lift. But the palate, oh the palate. This is where things start to explode. Power, poise and persistence with a dry savouriness balancing the intense ripe fruit. It is such a long finish with an ever so slightly, charry finish completing a remarkable wine.
99 points, The West Australian (February 2021)
Cool destemmed fruit with some skin contact. The juice was settled for 3 days, racked and inoculated with yeast. 100% of the juice was fermented in new French oak barriques with the lees stirred regularly. After 11 months in barrels the various components were blended, fined (bentonite, PVPP, milk) and cold stabilized. Bottled 19–21 August 2019. Benchmark pedigree Margaret River chardonnay from the perfect 2018 vintage. Kaffir leaf, ocean spray, nectarine, yellow peach, custard apple and white peach are the start. Saffron curls, vanilla pod and freshly grated nutmeg frame saline acidity, crouched and coiled. Length of flavour extends across the palate in an endless procession of texture and complexity. All of the power, grace and excellence of previous years is here, amplified.
98 points, Wine Companion (March 2021)
An exquisite wine from this great WA vintage. Gorgeous aroma of pear and citrus with a trace of cereal substance in the background. There is an ever-so-subtle toasty backdrop, but the life and energy through the fine, intense palate is superb. A delightful minerally crisp acidity finishes an excellent wine.
96 points, The West Australian
Excellent intensity and length. Green pineapple, stone fruit, steel and cedar wood flavours crash authoritatively through the mouth. No doubting its variety, no doubting its region. There's a piercing aspect to the finish but it brings flavour right along with it.
95 points, Wine Compaion (February 2020)
Doing more by doing less. Hand-picked over 2 days, chilled overnight before hand-sorting, wild yeast cool-fermented in French barrels (25% new), a small number of barrels undergoing mlf, bottled after 10 months. Pink grapefruit and white peach drive the long palate and finish.
96 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
Such a joy. What’s not to like? There’s depth: aromas of almond meal and ruby grapefruit, white peach and nectarine. There’s breadth: layers of flavour, well-integrated oak, textural mouthfeel, luscious fruits, juicy lemony tang on the finish. And complexity. And while it packs so much into its medium-bodied frame, it remains ever light and delicate on its feet.
96 points, Wine Pilot
Gin Gin clone, hand picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented, matured for 6 months in French oak (33% new). Ripe summer nectarine, market spice, fennel flower, mandarin pith, all stitched up in a casing of salty acidity, brine and crushed shell. Really smart. Complex and layered, with brilliant length of flavour. Very tight and powerful.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2021)