2013 Plantagenet Chardonnay Mount Barker Western Australia (Elsewhere $20)
Estate-grown, wild yeast-fermented in French barriques with extended lees contact. Full of character and vitality; grapefruit and white peach figure skate with each other, the line perfect, the length admirable thanks in no small measure to minerally acidity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay opens to a peachy, tropical fruit nose with underlying notes of cedar, toast, butterscotch and roasted cashews. Medium-bodied, it has a pleasant creamy texture and good amount of stone fruit and tropical flavors before finishing with persistent, honey-toast notes. (LPB)
*Editors' Choice* Hints of smoke and white peach mark the nose of this medium-bodied wine. It's a touch less expressive on the palate, but pleasantly plump, with great focus and length on the finish. (JC)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, green-tinged gold. Aromas of ripe pear, nectarine and honey are lifted by suggestions of lemon pith and ginger. Juicy orchard and citrus fruit flavors are complicated by tarragon and white pepper flourishes and a jolt of bitter quinine. Closes firm, chewy and dry, with a lingering pear skin quality. (JR)
Bright, vivid and expressive, centered on green apple and tangerine flavors, finishing with hints of spice and mineral. (HS, Web-2015)
Winemaker's Notes: "A fruit & floral medley of aromas; white peach, nectarine, citrus and orange blossom wonderfully complimented by complex biscuity & toasty notes - crème brulee! The palate offers concentrated flavours of grapefruit and lime balanced by bold natural acidity, making this wine mouth watering and more-ish. The fruit for this wine is hand harvested and whole bunch pressed directly to barrel, retaining full solids. Wild fermentation is allowed to occur naturally in barrel for the most part, with a small addition of Champagne yeast near the end of ferment to assist in creating the desired creamy white lees. Barrels are stirred weekly to optimise textural complexity in the finished wine. The wine spends 10 months in oak before blending and bottling. This Chardonnay is sourced primarily from our Wyjup and Bouverie vineyards, planted during the late 60’s and early 70’s and our Crystal Brook vineyard. All are planted with the Gin Gin clone which produces small berries and bunches of intense flavour and balanced acidity due to its low yielding nature. Planted on free draining gravel soils."