Our oldest vines have produced an alluring and powerful example of a Margaret River Chardonnay. Aromas of ripe loquat and peach flesh give way to nuances of fresh pineapple and light brioche dough. The palate is multi-layered with ripe peach, crème caramel and underlying natural ferment characters. Textural layers are supported by persistent mineral acidity, combining power and grace.
Our 2015 harvest broke records on various fronts. A mild winter resulted in early bud-break, exposing sensitive young shoots to wild early spring conditions resulting in a significant reduction in yields across all varieties. A warm and dry summer set us on the path to two distinct harvest periods for white and red varieties; we experienced our earliest Chardonnay harvest to date with all three vineyards picked and fermenting two days earlier. A significant rain event mid-February delayed ripening of reds, however, due to low yields the rewards were full tannin ripeness and flavoursome wines. It was a challenging season that saw bushfire smoke, masses of hungry birds and significant rain events make for an edge of your seat ride that has produced stunning wines across all varieties - albeit on a much reduced volume!
James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - 2016
|Score:||95 Points - 3rd Place|
|Wine Writer:||James Halliday|
The Wine Front
Burnside vineyard holds the oldest chardonnay vines of McHenry Hohnen’s suite of vineyards. Only about 20% new oak these days. Wild ferment, time on lees, no malolactic fermentation. Magnificent release, once again.
|Wine Writer:||Mike Bennie|