A brief article by Australian wine write Ralph Kyte-Powell on Margaret River Chardonnay including a review of our 2018 Laterite Hills Chardonnay.
by Ralph Kyte-Powell
Good chardonnay is made in many places across Australia. Margaret River, three hours south of Perth, has established itself as one of the best of them over the past 40 years, and these days the wines are better than ever. In line with Australian chardonnays generally, Margaret River wines have evolved beautifully in style from simpler equations of ripe fruit plus oak, into wines of complexity, subtlety and refinement. The 2018 crop showcases this well.
McHenry Hohnen Laterite Hills Chardonnay 2018
This reserved, savoury young chardonnay doesn't speak loudly of sweet fruit. Instead it's about grapefruity notes, lees and barrel ferment elements. Flavoursome, dry and serious, its moreish personality keeps you refilling your glass. Screw cap; 13.3 per cent alcohol.
Ageing? Drink over six years.