Parterre Chardonnay 2018
An understated wine with flesh and drive. It is a fruit driven Chardonnay with predominantly citrus on the palate with clean acid to bite and a freshly grated ginger spice note. There is a lovely understated creaminess from the lightly toasted oak and yeast lees. The wine stays around for a minute long finish.
Reviews and Awards
"Hand-picked, chilled, whole-bunch pressed, the juice settled, gravity flow to French puncheons (30% new) for wild fermentation and 9 months maturation in a cool room below 20 ̊C. A fresh fruit-driven bouquet introduces a palate that flows without interruption to the finish and aftertaste."
James Haliday, 96 points
"Very light-yellow hue with a shy, restrained, faintly nutty aroma, which seems a little muffled or unready. The palate is intense and fine, restrained and a tad unready. It’s still emerging but has intensity and very attractive flavour. Long, lingering finish with frisky acidity and real tension. A ripping chardonnay and great value at the price. "
Huon Hooke, 95 points
"Lots of praline and cooked-apple aromas and flavors, as well as citrus and lemon-grass undertones. Full- bodied, vivid and lively. Goes on and on. Drink now. Screw cap"
James Suckling, 93 points
"The wine is shy, restrained and a little closed, but shows much to get excited about. The aromas are nutty and the palate intense and refined, the flavours long and highly appealing, with fresh acidity. It finishes with tension and leaves the mouth refreshed."
Gourmet Traveler, August/September 2019 issue, 95 points
"Not sure what the general consensus is, but to me, 2018 looks very good for Chardonnay in Margaret River. Dried pear and citrus with a coverlet of spice and nougat. Medium-bodied, so even and fluid, delivering ripe lime and melon flavour with quiet authority, oak layered in neatly, fresh and flinty, tight and juicy on a long finish. Hits the sweet spot all right."
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 95 points