Shud­ders of de­light for WA chardon­nays

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - With John Jens

THE west’s chardon­nays are im­prov­ing year by year in ev­ery price range.

Once again, as they did 10 and 15 years ago, Mar­garet River’s chardon­nays are dom­i­nat­ing the masked na­tional wine show cir­cuit.

While WA’S share of the na­tional grape crush has dropped from about 4 per cent to 2.9 per cent, the chardon­nay pro­por­tion is just 2.1 per cent.

I’ll re­peat that – WA pro­duced 2.1 per cent of Aus­tralia’s chardon­nay in 2015.

Each of the seven cap­i­tal city wine shows gives a tro­phy for the best of each of the ma­jor va­ri­eties.

In 2016, WA gained five of the seven tro­phies given for chardon­nays and in 2017 the state has won all three awarded so far.

That is eight of the past 10 cap­i­tal city wine show chardon­nay tro­phies from 2.1 per cent.

Xanadu don’t only do tro­phy­win­ning caber­net sauvi­gnons; they have picked up two cap­i­tal city tro­phies for Best SBS with their DJL 2016 blend, and ear­lier this year they picked up the award for Best Chardon­nay, Best White Wine and Best Wine of Show with their 2015 Re­serve chardon­nay at Bris­bane (18.9 points, $85).

The other two Best Chardon­nay Tro­phies awarded this year, in Syd­ney and Perth, were both won by Flame­tree’s SRS (Subre­gional Se­ries) Wall­cliffe 2016 chardon­nay (18.8pts, $65).

The best of the other great chardon­nays out there are the soon to be re­leased Vasse Felix Heytes­bury 2016, which will dis­ap­pear very quickly, is more re­fined and could even sur­pass its best ever re­lease to date, the won­der­ful 2015 (18.9 pts, $85).

The just-re­leased Pierro 2016 (18.8, $85) is still ex­tremely young but has stun­ning length.

The new Voy­ager Es­tate ‘Es­tate’ Re­lease 2015, is young, soft, sup­ple, juicy, de­li­cious and Flame­tree se­nior wine­maker Cliff Royle. stun­ning value for money at (18.8 pts, $55). The Wood­lands ‘Chloe’ chardon­nay 2015 and the Cullen Kevin John chardon­nay 2015 are just mar­vel­lous wines at $95 and $130 re­spec­tively, at 18.9 points each.

The out­stand­ing wine of the night on nearly all tast­ing sheets, from a masked tast­ing, was the 2014 Leeuwin Art Se­ries chardon­nay, which was long, soft, ripe, seam­less and just won­der­fully crafted at 19.1 pts, $115.

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