2013 Plantagenet Chardonnay Mount Barker Western Australia (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1274301 95 points James Halliday

 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.  (6/2014)

90 points 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)  (8/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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)  (3/2015)

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)  (7/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Bright, vivid and expressive, centered on green apple and tangerine flavors, finishing with hints of spice and mineral. (HS, Web-2015)

K&L Notes

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."

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2016 | Send Email
Here is a rich, nutty bargain showing the kind of concentration you would expect from a Burgundy costing 3 times as much. This is packed with snappy spiced apple and citrus fruit and a lip smackingly fresh finish that will have you reaching for another glass.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2016 | Send Email
This would be very impressive Chardonnay at twice the price! I can't believe the deal we got on this 95 point Chard. This bottling comes from Plantagenet's oldest blocks of vines planted in the late 1960s — early 1970s. This is a wine of great concentration and power yet it retains bright, fresh, energetic acidity as the best Chardonnays do. Toasty, nutty aromas lead into baked orchard fruit, nougat, buttered toast and pie crust. The initial and mid-palate are quite rich and broad but as the wine flows across the palate some more citric elements lift the wine to a juicy, mouthwatering finish. Serious, complex and balanced Chardonnay at ridiculously low pricing thanks to our special end of vintage deal.
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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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