LENTON BRAE WILYABRUP CHARDONNAY 2014

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LENTON BRAE WILYABRUP CHARDONNAY 2014

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An excellent vintage for Chardonnay.  Blended between Bernard clones 76 10%, 96 clone 25% and Gin Gin 65%, whole bunched pressed to oak for wild fermentation (55%) with the remainder inoculated.  Roughly 50% new French oak hogsheads for 12 months maturation, and no malo, no fining nor filtration.

"It’s hard to see past the quality-price matrix of LB’s Southside Chardonnay, but this is a distinct, distinguished wine. It’s also a wine that I’d come at with a couple of years bottle age, such is its youthful energy, frisky acidity and sweep of spicy oak. It’s not overtly oaky either, it’s a wine built around lean, tightly-wound, squeaky fruit character. It shows a quiet power with great finesse and resonating length of cool fruit and gentle spice. It’s stunning. "  95 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront

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Lenton Brae

Pioneers of the Margaret River region

A pioneering producer of Margaret River, Lenton Brae was established in 1982 by  Bruce and Jeanette Tomlinson, with winemaking today handled by son Edward. A claim to fame is them being the first producer to popularise the Bordelaise white blend of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, now a flagbearer for the region.  A producer in great winemaking stride, the freshness, prettiness and approachability across the board is striking, and the release of Pinot Blanc shows the continued evolution and relevance here.  A first rate producer from one of Australia’s most enigmatic wine regions.

"It's hard to deny that Lenton Brae is a very high quality producer... firmly in the upper echelon of Margaret River blue chip producers." Mike Bennie, Winefront