2010 Amelia Park Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
An aromatic display of grapefruit and melon on the bouquet feeds into the lively palate that adds some stone fruit and cashew/almond to the flavour spectrum; the oak is restrained, and fruit flavours and acidity do the hard yards.
Nicely done - gets the best of French oak, plus green fruit. Delicate, well-balanced, polished. Beautifully done, great acid line. Very contemporary, postmodern Aussie style.
Here in the southwestern corner of Western Australia, the warm maritime climate and gravel and sandy loam soils make ideal conditions for the production of intense and structured wines from Bordeaux varietals, but it is also a region famous for world class Chardonnay, from a single vineyard in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River known for yielding fruit with high natural acidity. 2010 was a great vintage for white wines in Margaret River, and it shows in this multidimensional Chardonnay. 100% barrel fermented in French oak and aged on the lees for nine month, this is redolent with ripe melon, pear, and tropical citrus aromas and flavors accented by creamy vanilla, toasted almond, and baking spices. Its richness is kept in balance by vibrant acidity. Elegant and delicious now, this will develop nicely in bottle over the next five years.