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2016 Southside Chardonnay
Lively white stone fruit balanced with refreshing grapefruit and citrus zest. The subtle French oak adds a creamy texture to the lingering finish
92/100 Ray Jordan, West Australian Wine Guide
"Aroma of nougat and stone fruit with a lanolin character. Has creaminess but no malolactic of any note. It's a mix of different clones which brings the texture and lanolin character. Has nice oak integration, only 20% new oak but they are hogsheads. With a slight brine minerality on the finish, it's elegant and most attractive."
93/100 James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017
94/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
"Often overlooked, or perhaps kept secret. This wine particularly form this release is insane value for quality. Astounding. Bargain of year territory for me. Mellow vibe here, clear, clean, slightest touch of funk, whole lot of deliciousness. Stone fruits, faint nougat, green apple. Similar to taste, woven finely, dragged out long. A very elegant rendition of Margaret River chardonnay, poised, even, sleek and high quality. Delicious drinking, indeed. Yes, yes, yes."
This chardonnay is sourced from fruit grown on the estate vineyard in Wilyabrup. It offers a contrast to the Lenton Brae Wilyabrup Chardonnay, in being more accessible. Total ‘wild’ primary fermentation has added aromatic complexity and texture to the mouthfeel of the wine; barrel fermentation complements the flavour intensity and length. The wine was naturally settled and bottled without prior filtration. While still ‘fine’ and supported by ‘bright’ acidity it is approachable now and it will drink well in the short to medium term. Fermentation: New and aged French Oak