Still fine despite stiff competition
THE west’s chardonnays no longer dominate the premium Australian white wine market to the extent that they did five and ten years ago.
Although, the best wines from the state’s tiny four per cent of Australia’s chardonnay production are finer now and more successful than the east in the major international shows and reviews.
The UK’s most authoritative wine website jancisrobinson.com and the world’s most influential wine website eRobertParker.com still reserve their greatest Australian praise for WA.
At home, James Halliday, both last year and this year, has also selected two of his four highest pointed chardonnays as coming from Margaret River, the 2011 Cullen Kevin John and his 2015 Australian Wine Companion Chardonnay of the Year - the 2011 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay.
The last stocks of Vasse Felix’s sold out 2012 Heytesbury Chardonnay (18.9 points) are on the shelves. It is the best wine that Vasse Felix has made and it is one of Australia’s greatest chardonnays, and, at $65, it is the most reasonably priced of its quality equivalents.
The soon to be released 2013 ‘blockbuster’ is a ‘great’ wine in the winemaking team’s view and their wonderfully warm, round and drinkable 2013 Vasse Felix Chardonnay (18.2) is also one of the finest in its $37 price range.
Over at Pierro, the creamy textured and integrated, long and dense 2012 Chardonnay (18.8) is also one of their greatest ever.
Leeuwin Estate also confirmed their status as Australia’s greatest and most consistent chardonnay producer with the release of the marvellous current drinking 2010 (18.9/19) and the youthful 2011 (18.8/9) Art Series vintages.
The 2011 Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay gained praise in the UK and US where Lisa Perrotti-Brown of eRobertParker.com selected it as one of her three Australian white wines of the year.
This week, the just released 2012 vintage (19) which is better than the 2011, is the same website’s WA Review’s highest pointed wine - clearly.
Vasse Felix’s Mick Langridge and Virginia Willcock at the chardonnay harvest at Vasse Felix's Wilyabrup Vineyard.