Lenton Brae / Margaret River, Wa

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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

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  • Lenton Brae Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2020

    $ 25.00 incl. GST

    SSB is a regional flagbearer of Margaret River. This is Lenton Brae’s 33rd consecutive vintage of this wine.  From 30+ year old vines, this year’s edition comprises 52% Semillon and 48% Sauvignon Blanc, and it is raised without oak to maximise freshness.

    A lively and tangy wine, it’s loaded with passionfruit, lemon zest and green melon fruit flavours, broadening further with fennel and flint.  Textbook Margaret River SSB, but given it wrote the book, so it should be.

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  • Lenton Brae Pinot Blanc 2019

    $ 29.00 incl. GST

    Lenton Brae is the only producer of Pinot Blanc in Margaret River, with cuttings released from WA quarantine in 2011 and propagated in-house.  The 0.5 hectare site was chosen for its cool southerly aspect, ideal for this early ripening variety.  Hands are off in the winery, with the wine seeing wild fermentation in older, large format French oak, and bottled unfiltered.

    “Saline and nutty, almost a sake-like thing happening here, green pear and honey. It has some honey gloss, but feels nice and tight with flinty highlights to texture, a lemon juice in water sort of acidity, green herbs and watermelon rind, and plenty of oomph on the finish. A bit like Chardonnay, only different. It’s excellent.”  93 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront

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  • Lenton Brae Southside Chardonnay 2020

    $ 29.00 incl. GST

    An over-deliverer, quite the Chardy here.  Fermented wild, raised in new and seasoned French oak, naturally settled and bottled unfiltered.

    The key here is a mixture of Chardonnay clones – Margaret River’s emblematic Gin Gin (renowned for richness and almost buttered popcorn flavours) is complemented by an array of French clones, which give nuance and aromatics. A saline backbone, tightly wound, continues to build dimensions with further time in bottle. Spice, smoke, lime, butter all make appearances. Complex, bright and fruit driven.

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  • Lenton Brae Cabernet Merlot 2018

    $ 29.00 incl. GST

    Comprising 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and a cheeky 3% Petit Verdot.  Winemaking ethos is to minimal tannin extraction to produce a style rich in flavour with a deceptive softness.

    Medium bodied with blackcurrant, cassis and dark fruits, this has amazing length and slurpability – the urge to just drink the darn thing off the tasting bench speaks of its approachability.  Sweet fruited with fruit cake, spice and fleshy berries, darn appealing is the synopsis here.

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  • Lenton Brae Lady Douglas Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    Matured in new and one year old French barriques for 14 months, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from exclusively Wilyabrup fruit.  It’s named after the ship on which the first members of the Tomlinson family arrived in Australia in 1884.

    Medium bodied and supple, it’s a package of dark berries, cocoa, violet and a lick of eucalypt and sandalwood.  Long with a lovely clean flow, its soft tannins give structure whilst being a lot more forgiving than many an Oz Cab, once again so easy to drink. 2018 is a particularly strong release – seamless, and in the scheme of Margaret River Cabernet, exceptional value for quality.

    “I know it’s a funny thing to say, when you’re supposed to be all objective and serious about reviewing wine, but some wines you just like straight away. And that’s it.

    Violet, dark chocolate, dark cherry, black currant, baking spices. Slight herbal/bay leaf thing happening but lots of dark fruit and chocolate on a medium-bodied frame. Maybe some black olive. Light but sure grip from tannin throughout. Good length. Lovely ‘classic Cab’ feel here. A very satisfying wine.” 94 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront

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  • Lenton Brae Wilyabrup Cabernet 2019

    $ 72.00 incl. GST

    94% Cabernet Sauvignon wtih 6% Merlot, from the best estate grown Wilyabrup vines.  Fruit is handpicked and individual vineyard lots fermented separetly, with portions being barrel fermented or held on skins for extended maceration depeding on their fruit characters.  The wine then sees maturation in new and one year old French barriques for 18 months before final blending and bottling.

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  • Winter 2021 Mixed Dozen

    $ 265.00 incl. GST

    Leaning towards reds here, we’re running the spectrum from juiciness courtesy of 22 Degree Halo, to mid week quaffers in Baron Léopold’s delicious Bordeaux red. We’ve some bright Italian flavours through Insieme Primitivo, Intrigo Negroamaro and Greenstone’s excellent 2017 Sangiovese release, plus a couple of lovely fireside contenders in Schwarz Meta Shiraz and Lenton Brae Lady Douglas Cabernet.

    The occasional moment calls for something other than red, so a Montfin rosé is perfect for when you’re eating spicy, and the Brackenwood Riesling and Lenton Brae Chardonnay both nicely textured and not out of place in these cooler months.

    Full price of this dozen is $330. We’re offering it at $265 with free delivery, a saving of 20%.

    Pack contains one bottle each:

    • Lenton Brae Lady Douglas Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    • Schwarz Grower Shiraz 2019
    • Greenstone Estate Sangiovese 2017
    • Baron Leopold Bordeaux Red 2018
    • Insieme Primitivo del Salento 2019
    • Intrigo Negroamaro 2019
    • Swinging Bridge MAW Pinot Noir 2018
    • 22 Degree Halo Red Blend 2020
    • Greenstone Gusto Shiraz 2019
    • Brackenwood Riesling 2018
    • Lenton Brae Southside Chardonnay 2020
    • Chateau Montfin Corbieres Rosé 2018

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