Bat­tle at the top four chardonnay

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

AN anal­y­sis of the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional point scores of Aus­tralia’s finest chardon­nays il­lus­trates the four key pro­duc­ers are sig­nif­i­cantly ahead of their peers.

Within this frame­work the var­i­ous re­view­ers have very dif­fer­ent rank­ings, based on their dif­fer­ing palate pro­file and style pref­er­ences.

The chardon­nays that have stood out since 2008 are the Gi­a­conda and the Pen­folds Yat­tarna from the east and the Cullen and the Cullen Legacy Se­ries and the Leeuwin Es­tate Art Se­ries chardon­nays from WA.

There are many ex­am­ples of the world’s most fa­mous wine crit­ics hav­ing op­pos­ing views and rat­ings on the same pro­ducer’s wines and vin­tages; we face the same sit­u­a­tion.

In Aus­tralia, since 2008, James Hal­l­i­day has rated six chardon­nays from these four pro­duc­ers at 98 points or above; Cullen 2012, Gi­a­conda 2011 and 2012, and his pre­ferred Leeuwin Es­tate 2011, 2012 and 2013 vin­tages.

The Amer­i­can Wine Spec­ta­tor also high­lights Leeuwin Es­tate’s Art Se­ries with the 2009, 2011 and 2013 vin­tages at an un­matched 96 points.

Jan­cis Robin­son in the UK plays a straight bat and her max­i­mum 17.5 points goes mul­ti­ple times each to these four winer­ies since 2008.

Huon Hooke from The Real Re­view also ranks Leeuwin most highly, with the 2009, 2011 and 2013 at 97 points, matched only by the 2012 Pen­folds Yat­tarna and the 2014 Cullen ‘Legacy Se­ries’ Moon Op­po­site Saturn Har­vest.

Cullen (six) and Leeuwin Es­tate (four) take 10 of the 15 chardonnay scores at 95 points or above on this site.

The world’s most in­flu­en­tial wine web­site, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, prefers Vic­to­ria’s high-coun­try Gi­a­conda with the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013 vin­tages at 97 points or above, matched only by the 2007 Cullen Kevin John amongst Aussie chardon­nays.

With John Jens

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