2018 MJW Chardonnay
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98 points - 2022 Halliday Wine Companion

 

“The perfect ripening conditions of 2018 have produced an outstanding expression of our pinnacle MJW Chardonnay. Displaying the purity, minerality & texture of Clone 95, underpinned by the concentrated & tightly woven citrus fruit core of the Gingin clone.”

STEVE JAMES, HEAD OF VITICULTURE & WINEMAKING

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
MJW Chardonnay
Aging
Up to 10 years
Tannin
Bright pale green straw
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Nose: Sweet lemon, grapefruit, dried pear, citrus blossom Palate: Tightly wound, layered, silky texture, great line & length Food match: Western Rock Lobster Oak: Tight grained French oak 10 months, 40% new Colour: Bright pale green straw
Ratings
5/ ‘Lightly roasted cashew, butterscotch and mealy grapefruit mingle in a harmoniously complex core. Chalk acidity and a dry, savoury finish. Explosively long finish. A great wine.’ / Ray Jordan
Vineyard Notes
A classic growing season with excellent budburst leading to beautifully warm weather through flowering & fruit set. A mild summer, with just a few hot December days and a cool, overcast February, enabled fruit to ripen slowly, accumulating intense varietal flavours whilst retaining fresh natural acidity. All whites were harvested in excellent condition.
Production Notes
2017: One of the coolest and latest seasons we've seen with the milder ripening conditions producing an outstanding expression of our MJW Chardonnay. Fragrant aromas of sweet lemon and grapefruit mingle with delicate floral nuances and underlying flinty notes. The tightly wound palate displays Meyer lemon, grapefruit pith, white nectarine and subtle hints of spice, a fine creamy texture, an attractive savoury element and a clean saline mineral edge. Drink now to 2032. 2016: Displaying a bright pale straw colour, this pinnacle wine conveys attractive aromas of citrus fruit and pear mingled with delicate floral nuances and underlying flinty notes. The tightly wound palate displays layers of vibrant sweet citrus fruits and dried pear with subtle hints of spice. The wine displays exceptional purity with a fine texture and an attractive savoury element, which contributes complexity to the palate, finishing with a clean saline mineral edge. Drink now to 2031. 2014: (labelled Tom Price Chardonnay) The pinnacle of our Chardonnay production, this is the first and only Chardonnay labelled Tom Price. It displays the hallmark concentrated citrus fruit flavours from the Gin Gin clone seamlessley balanced with the palate weight and texture of Clone 95. Pale straw with hints of green. Subtle aromas of citrus fruit and pear with delicate floral nuances and underlying flinty notes. The complex and textural palate displays vibrant citrus elements with a fine, delicate creamy oak nuance, underpinned by balanced natural acidity on the finish. Drink now to 2029.
Winemaker Notes
“The perfect ripening conditions of 2018 have produced an outstanding expression of our pinnacle MJW Chardonnay. Displaying the purity, minerality & texture of Clone 95, underpinned by the concentrated & tightly woven citrus fruit core of the Gingin clone.” STEVE JAMES, HEAD OF VITICULTURE & WINEMAKING
Food Pairing Notes
Western Rock Lobster
Production
2017: One of the coolest and latest seasons we've seen with the milder ripening conditions producing an outstanding expression of our MJW Chardonnay. Fragrant aromas of sweet lemon and grapefruit mingle with delicate floral nuances and underlying flinty notes. The tightly wound palate displays Meyer lemon, grapefruit pith, white nectarine and subtle hints of spice, a fine creamy texture, an attractive savoury element and a clean saline mineral edge. Drink now to 2032. 2016: Displaying a bright pale straw colour, this pinnacle wine conveys attractive aromas of citrus fruit and pear mingled with delicate floral nuances and underlying flinty notes. The tightly wound palate displays layers of vibrant sweet citrus fruits and dried pear with subtle hints of spice. The wine displays exceptional purity with a fine texture and an attractive savoury element, which contributes complexity to the palate, finishing with a clean saline mineral edge. Drink now to 2031. 2014: (labelled Tom Price Chardonnay) The pinnacle of our Chardonnay production, this is the first and only Chardonnay labelled Tom Price. It displays the hallmark concentrated citrus fruit flavours from the Gin Gin clone seamlessley balanced with the palate weight and texture of Clone 95. Pale straw with hints of green. Subtle aromas of citrus fruit and pear with delicate floral nuances and underlying flinty notes. The complex and textural palate displays vibrant citrus elements with a fine, delicate creamy oak nuance, underpinned by balanced natural acidity on the finish. Drink now to 2029.
Other Notes
Sweet lemon, grapefruit, dried pear, citrus blossom

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