Lenton Brae Southside Chardonnay 2019
$ 29.00 incl. GST
|10% off any 12 bottles.||12 - 120||10 %|
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.
“An excellent vintage for MR Chardonnay, though I seem to recall from the press release that this was the only Chardonnay made in 2019, so perhaps a benefactor of that, erm, fact.
Lemon oil, white peach, fennel, spicy almond biscuits and vanilla. Moves into a more tangy grapefruit flavour, oak adds a gentle cream and spice, though it’s in no way overt, slight bitter citrus zest character, tangy acidity and a pretty tight and zingy finish of fine length. A fair bit of energy here, and a good wine in a more racy style.” 93 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront
Lenton Brae / Margaret River, Wa
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