Parterre Chardonnay 2020
Tight and flinty, richer than the 2019. Sweet lime and a touch of nougat. The texture is gently chalky and the finish has lenght and crunch.
"From Wilyabrup. Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented in barrel, weekly bâtonnage for a month, 50% mlf. Matured for 9 months in barrel prior to blending. Yeah wow: this is textural, rich and creamy, but it has sublime balance and poise. It is an incredibly elegant wine, showing restraint and line. The length of flavour lingers long after the wine has gone – salted white peach, red apple skins, fig and summer nectarine. The mlf brings almond meal and crushed macadamia, more obvious in the texture than in flavour. Glorious wine."
- Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion, 95 pts
''This has a vividly fresh lemon and yellow-peach nose with wet stones, flint and hazelnuts. Shows intensity and freshness in the mouth with staunch acidity driving ripe peach, pineapple and green-mango flavors. Mouthwateringly intense finish. Drink over the next five years. Screw cap.''
-James Suckling, 93 pts
''Aromas of white stone fruit, grapefruit pith, melon skin, nuts, nougat, white flowers and creamy, classy oak. The flavours are mid-weighted, focused, textured, layered and long. Nectarine, grapefruit, mealy, crunchy minerally acidity, fresh and lively. Tightly bound and a little linear at the moment, will blossom with time.''
-The Real Review, 93 pts
''This seems to be one of the finer and more precise examples of this wine that I've seen. It's really tightly held and the whole structure is one of elegance and lancing length. Aromas of light pear and quince with a subtle grapefruit infusion. The palate is fine but builds, almost reluctantly at first, and then with gathering momentum. An excellent wine.''
-Ray Jordan, 93 pts