The utterly fantastic quartz-green hue sets the antennae waving furiously. The bouquet is first out of the blocks, but it's the drive, the freshness, the pink grapefruit and Granny Smith apple flavours that are the mark of a Margaret River chardonnay of the highest rank. Its show record is partly summarised on the bottle.
97 points, Wine Companion (September 2019)
Light, bright yellow colour with a green tint. The bouquet is superbly intense and refined, minerally and struck-flinty, with reserve and subtlety, but also concentration and drive. The wine is full of tension and electrical energy, and frisky acidity. An exciting chardonnay - with a future.
95 points, The Real Review (April 2019)
Showing some toasty development and toffee nuances, this has a very plush and long palate that delivers richness and butterscotch. This is heading into developed territory.
91 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2019)
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.