16/12/2019 – McHenry Hohnen Chardonnay & Thistledown Grenache

(2019) What a great example of how Margaret River is helping to redefine Austalian Chardonnay. Whole-bunch pressed, fermented in French oak with natural yeasts, and matured in a combination of small and large French oak barrels for nine months. It opens with a whiff of flint and gunpowder over ripe peach and pear, just a touch of creamy oak too. In the mouth it is sweet-fruited and intense, but there is great clarity and drive here too, the acid nicely judged and a taut precision to the finish. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2019) From old vines in the Riverland, carefully made with different techniques for different parcels of vines, with portions wild-fermented, some aged in older oak barrels, some in concrete tanks, this is juicy and forward, wth a full aromatic expression, lifted peppery notes, florals, and juicy berry fruits. In the mouth it's no shrinking violet with 14.5% alcohol, yet it is breezy and bright, fruit rushing through the mid-palate with spices and a tart rasp of plum skin acidity, the picture fruity but keen and grippy in the finish. Quite a lot going on at its modest price. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.

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