Brae new world – Ray Jordan Weekend West April 2017
Lenton Brae has been one of Margaret River’s best and most consistent performers, making an excellent range of wines from largely staple varieties. But wine maker Ed Tomlinson has released a Pinot Blanc, a variety only found in a few vineyards in Australia and, to my knowledge, not at all in WA. A mutation of Pinot Noir, it’s most famously grown in Alsace, where it is usually blended with other varieties. In this case Tomlinson has used a combination of natural yeasts and old oak to build texture into a fine and delicately framed white wine. The two Chardonnays featured are diverse expressions of the variety, while the Lady Douglas Cabernet is a great-quality value wine, due out next month.
94/100 2015 LADY DOUGLAS CABERNET SAUVIGNON
93/100 2016 PINOT BLANC
93/100 2016 SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC
92/100 2016 SOUTHSIDE CHARDONNAY