93 pts Wine Enthusiast
This is a distinctive wine from a distinctive place, deep in Western Australia’s remote Great Southern region. It’s a flinty, mineral, linear (borderline austere) style with lithe peach and melon fruit, toasted sesame seed, white spice, stone and seashell. The oak is there too but it’s solidly in a supporting role. Laser-like acidity slices through a gently creamy texture in the mouth, that stony, salty minerality flowing through to the finish. Food friendly and very well priced, it could also cellar five to eight years, gaining fleshy, honeyed complexity (tasted 6/22).
92 pts James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
Fruit from Mount Barker. Wild ferment, matured for 9 months in a large-format oak. Very concentrated and delicious chardonnay here. Like a ripe grapefruit with all the tart acidity and juicy, fleshy citrus flavours. Plenty to like, this is modern, bright chardonnay with a kick.
The 2020 growing season in Mount Barker was dry but mild. It began with one of the driest winters on record and continued through to harvest with the exception of some good rainfall in August and an important smaller amount in November. Summer was again dry although with moderate daytime temperatures and few days exceeding 85 degrees. Some welcome rain in March helped maintain ripening, and the mild temperatures meant harvest dates were generally a little later across most varieties, especially the whites.
Bright straw with green hues. Aromas of white stonefruit, citrus peel with some nutty complexity. Generous palate with more stonefruit flavours.
Textured with elegant natural acidity to finish.