“…Margaret River makes some of the greatest Chardonnays on earth …”
Matthew Jukes, arguably the world’s leading non-Australian critic of the country’s wines, recently visited Margaret River as a guest of the WA Good Food Guide Wine Awards.
Jukes’ visit was a whirlwind week of chardonnay and cabernet tastings, judging and events. The full report is detailed in respected publication “The Buyer”.
Here we have extracted some of the highlights.
"Margaret River makes some of the greatest Chardonnays on earth and that single vineyard wines were a vital element in each winery’s offering. Every wine tasted entirely different from the next, and even those wines made 50m apart showed the kind of diversity we have come to expect from the feted wines of Burgundy.
"It is clear that the future is very bright for Margaret River Chardonnay.", says Jukes, "It is incumbent on the wineries in this unique part of the world to tell their story and pour their wine. I, for one, think that they cannot fail to attract consumers worldwide with their superbly well-made and entirely unforgettable wines."
"Fresh and bright, tightly wound and succulent, this is a hedonistic red of elegance and refinement that delivers strong and worthy regional character. Displaying characters of red and blue fruits, sage and bay leaf notes along with woody spice, there’s an overriding feeling of freshness, supported by beautiful tension and a great extension of flavour. A wonderful expression."
On the 2022 Parterre Chardonnay…
”…vivacious…tightly wound, mineral-driven and really charming, almost thirst-quenching with flinty elements, spice, just-ripe stone fruits and almonds going on. There’s exceptional length, and it feels really precise and zesty at the same time. Beautifully drawn, and fine-boned